Falcons focusing on fundamentals during bye week

Scott Cunningham

Atlanta is working on the basics in practice this week as it waits to learn which team it will face in the Divisional Round.

The Atlanta Falcons earned a first-round bye in the 2013 NFL playoffs, so without a game to play this weekend, they'll use the extra time to get back to basics. The Falcons practice four times this week, and the format is something closer to what they do during training camp rather than what they typically do during the season.

"Obviously we don’t know our opponent yet, so the gist of it is practicing against what Mike Nolan’s defense does and vice versa," Justin Blalock said.

While the team is just trying to stay sharp and focus on fundamentals, the coaching staff began scouting opponents on Wednesday. They started with the Seattle Seahawks, and they'll cover the Vikings Thursday and the Redskins on Friday.

Atlanta finished the regular season 13-3, which earned it the NFC's No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Should the Packers beat the Vikings, the Falcons would host the winner of the Seahawks-Redskins game. A win by the Vikings over Green Bay would send Minnesota to Atlanta.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.