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Weekly Coverage Recap: Falcons at Panthers


After a strong showing against Tampa Bay two weeks ago, head coach Mike Smith found his Falcons showing inconsistent play against Arizona during a loss Sunday and said the team needs to work to find a rhythm.

After his press conference, Smith joined 790 the Zone's Wes Durham and Dave Archer to discuss the loss to the Cardinals.



S Thomas DeCoud breaks down two big plays from Sunday's west coast matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

Given some intense games in the past and the way the season has unraveled for both teams, QB Matt Ryan said he expects Sunday's game with the Panthers to be highly emotional and passionate.

RB Steven Jackson said the keys to a win over the Panthers is to match their intensity and be prepared for their aggressive defense, along with making plays in the running game and building off of that.

S Thomas DeCoud said Sunday's game against the Panthers will come down to who wants it more, adding that the Falcons have to key in on Carolina's run game to make QB Cam Newton as one dimensional as possible.

Although CB Desmond Trufant has never gone up against Panther WR Steve Smith, the rookie is ready to do whatever is needed to put the Falcons in a position to win.

After Wednesday's practice (in which WR Roddy White and RB did not participate), Smith said he hopes to see a more balanced Falcons team on Sunday by starting out as fast offensively as they do defensively.

For key facts about the Falcons' matchup with the Panthers, check out this week's Wing Tips.

Also make sure you check out the story of Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader Kristen J., who aside from performing in front of the Georgia Dome crowd is also used to performing an entirely different talent: opera singing.


Veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez said he plans to enjoy himself as the season moves forward, adding that he still has confidence in the team's ability to finish the season strong.

After Thursday's practice (in which Roddy White once again did not participate in), Smith said considering the Falcons have lacked in their run game the last few games, they're hoping to improve that with better scheming as it will be critical against the Panthers.

Each week, we bring you a Falcons Fantasy Roundup, in which we collect all of the fantasy data for the Falcons' key players and their projected fantasy football points.

As Atlanta prepares to head to Carolina, we went back to Sept. 6, 1998, which marked the first road win for Atlanta against the Panthers in their season opener. We also went Behind Enemy Lines with Panthers QB Cam Newton and head coach Ron Rivera to hear their thoughts going into this Sunday's game.

Friday's Jay Adams and Daniel Cox preview Sunday's NFC South matchup at Carolina with keys to the game and by taking a stab at some possible stats for Falcons stars.

Smith details his three biggest keys to a Falcons victory for Sunday's game against the Panthers in this week's UPS Logistics of the Game.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers joined's Wes Durham as the Falcons get ready to face the Panthers in this week's edition of McDonald's What's Brewin'.

Antone Smith showed out in the third unit for the Falcons this year and he makes his D-Block debut this week as the linebackers profile the special teams sparkplug.

Falcons fans all around Atlanta have been wearing their red and black every Friday this season to support their team during Rise Up Fridays presented by YP.

NFL Films previews the Week 9 NFC South matchup between the Falcons and Panthers, a game in which Atlanta goes into with a clear mission: Stop Cam Newton.

Roddy White returned to practice Friday, but his status remains questionable for Sunday's game. Still, there are many players you should keep an eye on Sunday, and you can check them out in our Sixteen Players to Watch gallery.

The 2-5 Falcons will take on their divisonal rivals on Sunday at the Panthers' Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., with kick off set for 1:00 p.m.

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