PHILADELPHIA -- The Atlanta Falcons know they've got work to do on the practice field.
This week won't be the time to do it.
The Falcons (6-4) head into a bye week after a disappointing 24-15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
The offense was 2-11 on third down, rushed for only 48 yards, couldn't stay on the field and relied on kicker Matt Bryant to finish drives with points, which he did three times.
The Falcons' defensive line was manhandled, and the Eagles racked up 231 rushing yards. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz walked away with 221 yards thanks to Jordan Matthews, Darren Sproles and Zach Ertz who combined for 20 catches for 185 yards, getting the team in position enough times to score more points than the best scoring offense in the league.
It was all bad for the Falcons.
Quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw for 267 yards and one touchdown, said the loss is disappointing because the team had momentum after winning two in a row. Usually to overcome a loss, the team goes right back to the practice field.
This week provides an alternative method.
"Typically, when you don't play well, the best thing is to get back out onto that practice field and start preparing for another opponent," Ryan said. "So we'll have a week where you have to sit with it a little longer. But hopefully we can take advantage of getting the rest, getting some guys back and getting fresh and ready to play down the stretch."
Guys will watch film and work out, but that will likely be it. Ryan sees the time off as an opportunity for guys not to just get ready for the end of the regular season, but for what is coming after.
"You have to get rest this week and have your mindset that we're not preparing for the last six games of the season. We've got to have the mindset to play nine or 10 more, and that's what you have to prepare for and why you have to take advantage of some opportunities and get some rest to be fresh. And that will be my message to everybody. Keep moving, do all that kind of stuff, but let your mind and body get right."
They'll need the rest.
The Falcons face Arizona then Kansas City at home, travel to the west coast to play Los Angeles only to come back and play San Francisco back at the Georgia Dome. After that, it's Carolina on the road and New Orleans at home to finish the regular season.
The Falcons' slogan is 'Rise Up.' This week, it's rest up.