Buccaneers: Game Changers for Week 12 against the Falcons
By Bailey Adams
Seriously? The Bucs have serious pass rush issues and one of their former draft picks is fresh off a career day two weeks ago. Adrian Clayborn was a disappointment in Tampa Bay and really hasn’t done a whole lot since his departure, but his recent performance was a tough thing to see for Bucs fans. Two weeks ago against Dallas, he had six sacks. Yes, six sacks. In one game. In that same week, the Bucs had six sacks as a team against the Jets. That seemed like a huge deal, but Clayborn matched that total by himself.
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Some people like to discount the idea of revenge games, but I’m a big believer in them. I don’t know how any fan of Tampa Bay couldn’t believe in them, considering what we’ve seen throughout this team’s history. Clayborn would surely love to have a revenge game of his own against the team that drafted him in 2011 before letting him walk after the 2014 season. It would be wild to see the former Iowa Hawkeye have another six-sack day. It’s unlikely, really. But seeing him get into the backfield multiple times seems pretty likely considering the inconsistencies of the Tampa Bay offensive line.
That six-sack game on Nov. 12 brought Clayborn’s sack total to eight on the season. He struggled to stay healthy in his time with Tampa Bay, playing just 36 games in four years. In a little under three years with Atlanta, he has played 39 games. Getting after Ryan Fitzpatrick and beating his former team will definitely be on his mind all week long, making him a potential game-changing player this Sunday.