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Hawkeyes in the NFL Week 11: Adrian Clayborn Big Part of Falcon Surge

November 19, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Hawkeye Nation

The Atlanta Falcons have risen from the NFL’s rubble to win their last two games handily and it happened on the road. The latest victory came in the form of a 29-3 shellacking of the Panthers Sunday in Carolina.

The defense has performed much better lately. And former Hawkeye end Adrian Clayborn’s improved production has coincided with his team’s surge.

Clayborn delivered a pair of sacks Sunday in logging a season-high 40 snaps. He added three quarterback hurries to his stat line. Last game, he recorded a sack and quarterback hurry.

Clayborn returned this year to Atlanta, where he spent the 2015-17 seasons. In ’18, he won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.

Sunday’s game ended on a sour note for the nine-year NFL veteran. He left at the end of the fourth quarter with what was reported as a groin injury.

In other news involving Hawkeyes in the NFL for Week 11:

-The Los Angeles Rams picked up a much-needed win Sunday night by knocking off the Chicago Bears, 17-7. Offensive guard Austin Blythe saw 55 snaps for the victors, who grounded out 110 rushing yards in a defensive battle. Fellow guard James Daniels took 76 snaps for Chicago.

-Linebacker Anthony Hitchens helped Kansas City pick up a big 24-17 victory Monday night against the Chargers in Mexico City. He contributed 10 tackles (two solo) in the win, while teammate and fellow linebacker Ben Niemann added four stops.

It was a quiet night on defense for Charger Desmond King. The defensive back didn’t record a statistic. He also was charged with two fumbles in the return game, both of which were recovered by Los Angeles. He did deliver a 25-yard kickoff return.

-In a 35-27 home loss to Dallas, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Mike Daniels posted two tackles and a quarterback hurry. Rookie tight end TJ Hockenson caught one of two targets for six yards.

-During a 27-23 loss at Minnesota, Denver Broncos rookie tight end Noah Fant hauled in four of 11 targets for 60 yards. Linebacker Josey Jewell recovered a fumble on a kickoff.

For the winners, left offensive tackle Riley Reiff contributed 63 snaps. Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson enjoyed his best game of the season, piling up six tackles (two for loss), a sack and a quarterback hurry.

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-Buffalo improved to 7-3 on the season with safety Micah Hyde contributing three tackles during the Bills’ 37-20 win against Miami.

-Guard Marshal Yanda logged 61 snaps during Baltimore’s 41-7 win against Houston.

-Guard Brandon Scherff played 68 snaps in Washington’s 34-17 loss against the New York Jets.

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