The Atlanta Falcons had a somewhat sloppy performance last week, but still managed to win. The players know they can't make the same mistakes and still prevail, although they might be able to get away with it against the lowly Minnesota Vikings.
Especially if they're without Adrian Peterson.
The Falcons hope to erase some of last week's miscues Sunday when they host the struggling Vikings, who could be without their best player.
After a heartbreaking 26-23 overtime home loss to New Orleans on Nov. 13, Atlanta (6-4) bounced back with last Sunday's 23-17 win over Tennessee to pull within one game of the NFC South-leading Saints. Matt Ryan passed for 316 yards and Michael Turner rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown against the Titans, but the defending division champions were hardly spectacular.
On six possessions in the red zone, Atlanta scored two touchdowns, settled for three short Matt Bryant field goals and Turner lost a fumble. The Falcons are 12th in the NFL in red zone touc...