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Author: Jon Kuzma
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That Atlanta Falcons got a dominant win over the Dallas Cowboys but none of that would have been possible without Defensive End Adrian Clayborn. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Clayborn he is a 7th year player out of the University of Iowa. Clayborn had two sacks on the year coming into the Cowboys game but he really raised the bar when he put together a 6 sack, 6 tackle, 2 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery game against Dallas. That is easily the most dominant defensive showing that we’ve seen in 2017 and only Chiefs Linebacker Derrick Thomas has had more sacks in a single contest (7). It was the perfect time for Clayborn to play out of his mind because now the Falcons have a 5-4 record for the season. That gives Atlanta a lot of hope moving forward and now this team has their sights set on getting back to the postseason. The Saints are leading the NFC South division with a 7-2 record so far. Therefore the Falcons will most likely need to secure a wildcard spot to get back to the big dance. Right now there are 10 teams in the NFC with winning records that are vying for those playoff spots. So Atlanta has to build upon the good momentum they had against the Cowboys and win out the rest of their games. One thing is for sure if Adrian Clayborn can continue to play like he did against Dallas there’s no doubt it will significantly improve Atlanta’s chances for success. Rushing the passer is such a key formula for success in the NFL and when one players has 6 sacks it almost guarantees his team will end up winning. Give Adrian Clayborn credit he really raised the bar this week and it was a lot of fun to watch.
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