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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Monday, Oct. 31.
Hawkeyes in the NFL, Packers and Falcons edition
Fox Sports tabbed Green Bay at Atlanta as its national game of the week on Sunday. Iowa may want to use it as a recruiting tape.
Former Hawkeyes defensive linemen Adrian Clayborn and Mike Daniels made their mark in what would be a 33-32 win for the Falcons. Clayborn was a beast, recording 3 tackles and 2 sacks. It was the first multi-sack game of Clayborn’s career.
Adrian Clayborn is having a field day, no matter where he lines up. Worst #Packers O line has looked this season.
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) October 30, 2016
It’s also his second straight week with a sack. Clayborn is putting together a strong season, with 3.5 sacks on the season so far. It’s his highest sack total since recording 5.5 for Tampa Bay in 2013. Atlanta (5-3) is one of the biggest surprises in the NFL season. The Falcons will need more from its defense if they’re to become a Super Bowl contender. That would mean more sacks from Clayborn.
Great team win! Rise up!
— Adrian Clayborn (@AJaClay) October 31, 2016
Daniels picked up a sack for Green Bay in the loss. It was his second sack of the season and 20th in his five-year career. He’s viewed as one of the rising defensive line stars in the NFL, as this Sports Illustrated story explains.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 30, 2016
Green Bay is reeling. The Packers are 4-3 and up until this weekend the offense was sputtering. The defense, thanks in part to Daniels, has become the backbone of the squad in the first half of the season.
It may sound odd to say, but if there is to be a rematch in the postseason — there are five combined Hawkeyes on the rosters — the Packers will need quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the offense to keep playing like it did on Sunday.
Hawkeyes in the NFL, rest of the league edition
Former Hawkeye C.J. Fiedorowicz put up another big game for Houston. The tight end had 5 receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown as the Texans beat Detroit 20-13.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 30, 2016
Fiedorowicz did leave to be examined for a concussion, but he did return. It was his second touchdown in three weeks. He has already set career highs with 26 receptions, 279 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.
Here is video of Fiedorowicz talking to the media after the game.
Linebacker Christian Kirksey led Cleveland with 9 tackles and 3 assisted tackles. It looked like Kirksey would lead the Browns to their first win of the season, but the New York Jets scored 24 second-half points to pull out a 31-28 victory.
Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens made 1 tackle and 2 assisted tackles in a 29-23 win in overtime over Philadelphia.
Basketball Jones: Injuries still an issue
The return from a second ACL surgery for Iowa men’s basketball player Dale Jones hit a minor setback recently. Jones is dealing with a series of ailments.
“Right now he’s got a bum ankle,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “I feel bad for him. When he’s been out there, he’s been really good. He had a little hamstring issue for a day or two, a little ankle thing for a day or two. But he’s been going at his pace anyway, so it’s not the end of the world. If you look at him physically, he looks really good. When he has played, he’s made shots, he’s made plays. He’s going to be a factor, there’s no question about that.”
It sounds like it’s nothing more than a little bit of bad luck for Jones, who McCaffery has talked up Jones since media day.
Recruiting roundup: QB Duggan gets offer
Iowa used its bye week to offer to Lewis Central High School (Iowa) quarterback Max Duggan, Rob Howe of Hawkeye Nation reports.
Duggan is a sophomore. He threw for 1,556 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for 512 yards and 13 touchdowns. Here are his Hudl highlights.