FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — A short work week couldn't slow the Atlanta Falcons' high-scoring offense.
The Falcons now hope having extra time off will provide an opportunity for some key players to recover from injuries.
The Falcons showed no signs of missing tight end Jacob Tamme and running back Tevin Coleman in Thursday night's 43-28 win at Tampa Bay. Tamme, the starter, was held out with a shoulder injury. Coleman, who has shared time with starter Devonta Freeman, was inactive due to a hamstring injury.
Atlanta also held out pass-rush specialist Dwight Freeney (quadriceps). Cornerback Desmond Trufant missed the second half with a shoulder injury.
Atlanta now has a long weekend off before playing at Philadelphia on Nov. 13, followed by a bye week. That's a good opportunity for rest and recovery — not that the Falcons played like a team that needs a break.
"I was really pleased with the players and their readiness for the game," coach Dan Quinn said Friday. "I thought we had a real edge about us. It was really evident. We looked fresh, we looked fast going through it."
Quinn said he had no update on Trufant. He said he is "hopeful" Coleman can return against the Eagles. He said he expects to know more about both players on Wednesday.
With Matt Ryan passing for 344 yards with four touchdowns — each to a different receiver — the Falcons (6-3) topped 40 points for the third time this season and strengthened their hold on first place in the NFC South.
Quinn called the win "another example of what we believe this team can be. The contributions continue to come from every man on the roster."
The extra time off the next three weeks will provide valuable recovery time, but the Falcons showed impressive depth in keeping their offense moving against the Buccaneers.
Backup tight ends Levine Toilolo and Austin Hooper had touchdown catches. Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel helped replace Coleman with two carries for 24 yards, including a 9-yard scoring run.
The Falcons put the game away with three straight touchdowns after leading only 20-14 at halftime.