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Nolan Seeing Signs of Improvement in Falcons' D

As the Falcons prepare to return to the Georgia Dome to take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday, keep an eye on these storylines.

The Atlanta Falcons coaching staff met Tuesday to identify what worked and what didn't in Sunday's 30-20 loss against the New York Giants. The meeting didn't finish without initial plans being discussed for the upcoming Week 6 matchup against the Chicago Bears.

Minutes after the coaching staff's meeting, Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan addressed reporters, sharing some takeaways from the Week 5 game, which saw the Falcons' defense play better against the run, statistically, holding the Giants to 124 yards rushing, 117 yards fewer than the 241 rushing yards allowed against the Vikings in Week 4.

The Falcons' D also limited the G-Men to three explosive plays (20-plus yards or more), thanks in part to a better focus on each play, allowing for better execution of the calls.

On the flip side, Nolan wants to see the progress from Week 4 to Week 5 carried over to the upcoming practice week, ultimately culminating in a convincing Sunday performance with the Falcons facing a deeply-talented Bears team. "I want us to take another step," Nolan said Tuesday. "We played a better team and we played better, in my opinion, against the Giants. We're going to play a good Chicago team, and a little better offense than what we just faced as well, not to take anything away from the Giants; Eli (Manning) is a Hall-of-Fame quarterback, but they (the Chicago Bears) have a lot of big, strong weapons that we're getting ready to face; so, I'd like us to do the same thing, take another positive step and play a little better."

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