The three top teams in the NFC South standings don’t play each other until Week 8: Carolina at Tampa Bay on Oct. 29. The first Falcons-Panthers game of 2017 is a Week 9 game in Charlotte on Nov. 5. The first Bucs-Falcons game of the year is a Week 12 game in Atlanta on Nov. 26. The Falcons play five division games in the final six weeks of the season, with their final three games as follows: at Tampa, at New Orleans, home versus Carolina. Through the season’s first seven weeks, the only intradivision game in the NFC South will have been the Saints’ Week 3 victory over Carolina. The Falcons’ entire division schedule is contained in the season’s second half.
Rivera said he talked to his players Thursday about staying focused while dealing with off-the-field issues such as Newton’s comment, the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the devastation Cheap Jerseys Make Your Own from the hurricane in Puerto Rico.
“I said to the guys, there’s some issues out there we have to deal with,” Rivera said. “But be where your feet are. When you’re on the football field, be on the football field. When you’re in the meeting room, be in the meeting room. Try to maintain your focus and stay focused.
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