Calling Sunday a "career day" for Adrian Clayborn would be an understatement. He had the best game of any defensive player this season, sacking Dak Prescott an incredible six times.
He set the Atlanta Falcons single-game record and finished one behind only Derrick Thomas, who holds the NFL record with seven sacks against Seattle in 1990. Only three other players -- Thomas had a seven and a six sack game -- in NFL history have recorded six sacks in one game. The Cowboys also have never allowed more than five sacks in a single game until today.
Clayborn's six sacks gives him a career-high of eight on the season, which leads Atlanta. His previous career-high was 7.5 sacks during his rookie season with Tampa Bay in 2011, and 2013 was the only other year he's had more than five. In fact, Clayborn had just 6.5 sacks in his last 23 games.
Clayborn's 6th sack of the game gives him more sacks today than in every season of his career except for 2011 as a rookie (7.5) https://t.co/H1ayTCqtJG
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 13, 2017
Two of his sacks resulted in fumbles, too, and he recovered one of them. Along with helping his team win by sacking one of the more mobile NFL quarterbacks an insane amount of times, Clayborn earned himself a little bit more money.
Update: by reaching 8.0 sacks this season, Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn has triggered a $750,000 incentive bonus if he finishes the season on the 53-man roster. https://t.co/yibqZQyHqL
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 13, 2017
Here's a look at his six sacks:
Clayborn complained the other week about the NFL continuously testing him for drugs. I have a feeling he'll have another "random" drug test later this week.
3 drug test in 3 weeks. NFL you are wasting your kits. This is not the body of someone that take steroids if you havent noticed lol
— Adrian Clayborn (@AJaClay) October 30, 2017