After watching the Green Bay Packers destroy the Dallas Cowboys 45-7 on Sunday night two things are as clear as day: the Cowboys suck, and Clay Matthews is a freaking beast.
Sunday night, the second-year linebacker from USC dominated Dallas from the get-go. He was practically living in the Cowboys’ backfield. The guy was deflecting passes, stuffing short-yardage runs, harassing running backs and seemed to be near the ball on every snap. He finished the game with four tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, two passes defensed, two quarterback hits and an interception he returned for a touchdown.
On the interception, Matthews grabbed a ball tipped by A.J. Hawk, turned around and took it 62 yards for a touchdown.
Matthews is currently the NFL’s sack leader after taking Kitna down once Sunday night to run his total to 10.5 on the season. The 26th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft racked up three sacks in each of his first two games of the season. He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September and many experts currently rate him as the front-runner to garner NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. All of that following a rookie year in which he made the Pro Bowl.
He has put up all of that production despite having a lingering hamstring injury for a few weeks and even missing a game because of it. Still, he continues to be all over the field and somehow seems to be in the backfield on almost every pass attempt.
That’s insane production for a guy who started as a walk-on at USC.