Adrian Clayborn’s sacks power Falcons past Cowboys

Adrian Clayborn took advantage of a Tyron Smith-less Cowboys offensive line and the Atlanta Falcons (5-4) rolled the Cowboys (5-4) in Dallas’ first game without suspended Ezekiel Elliott.

1. This Cowboys team is a shell of itself when it’s missing Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith. That much was evident from the beginning in how often Dak Prescott was pressured, and it became even more obvious when the Cowboys found themselves trailing and forced to throw. Adrian Clayborn absolutely dominated Chaz Green in pass-rushing scenarios, utilizing speed rushes, bull rushes, spins and rips to rack up six sacks and a forced fumble. Instead of being an offense that can move the chains when it needs to and will grind out long touchdown drives on the back of Elliott, it became one featuring Prescott throwing for his life. On Sunday, that wasn’t enough to beat a Falcons team that played inspired football for 60 minutes.

2. For some perspective, Clayborn recorded 7.5 sacks combined between 2015-2016, had two entering today’s game and hadn’t cracked six in a season since his rookie campaign of 2011, when he was with Tampa Bay. His performance was statistically fantastic and even better on tape, but shouldn’t be

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