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Around the NFL: Adrian Clayborn Sacks, the Saints Run, Matthew Stafford Leads Comeback
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13 Nov 2017 05:40 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Atlanta Falcons sack Adrian Clayborn sacks Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott. (Image Source: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Around the NFL, Week 10 Edition:

Sack Master

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn had six sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in a 27-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys. He broke Chuck Smith’s single-game franchise record of five and tied for the second-most sacks in a game since 1982, when the sack became a stat.

Still a QB’s Game

In the same game, quarterback Matt Ryan was 22 of 29 passing for 215 yards and two touchdowns for a 104.8 rating. Matty Ice has now thrown for 40,073 yards in 151 games breaking the record for fewest games to 40,000 set by Drew Brees (152 games).

Matt Ryan didn’t go No. 1 overall, but Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford did.

In leading the Los Angeles Rams to a 33-7 win over the Houston Texans, Goff threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns (no INTs) for a rating of 125.4. He’s the first player in franchise history with 300 passing yards and three-plus scoring strikes without an interception in consecutive weeks. His 94-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods is the third-longest play in team history.

In Detroit’s 38-24 win over the Cleveland Browns, Stafford also threw three TD passes, including the game winner in the fourth quarter. It’s Stafford’s 30th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime in 119 games, needing the fewest games to reach the mark by any quarterback since 1970.

Run Baby, Run

The New Orleans Saints have long been a passing team but now are running the ball more than ever. They rushed for 298 yards and set a team record with six rushing touchdowns as they blew out the Buffalo Bills 47-10. The Saints are just the fifth team in NFL history to rush for 295-plus yards and at least six touchdowns, the first since the 1957 Cleveland Browns. Mark Ingram led the way with 131 yards and three touchdowns to join George Rogers and Ricky Williams as the only players in the history of the franchise to go for at least 130 yards with three scores. Behind their ground game, New Orleans improved to 7-2 with their seventh-straight win. They join the 1993 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys as the only teams to start a season 0-2 before going on a seven-game winning streak.

Rookie Watch

The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to come from behind to beat the Indianapolis Colts 20-17 due in large part because of the play of rookie Ju Ju Smith-Schuster. The rookie caught five passes for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Indy kicker Adam Vinatieri scored five points in defeat. It’s the first time in the history of the league that a player younger than 21 (20-year old Smith-Schuster) and a player older than 40 (44-year old Vinatieri) scored in the same game.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. 

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