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Local NFL players roundup: Clowney has best pro game yet

Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) avoids a tackle by Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fla. To the left is Miami Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas (63).
Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) avoids a tackle by Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fla. To the left is Miami Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas (63). AP

Jadeveon Clowney recorded his first NFL sack on Sunday, part of what was easily the best NFL performance of his short, 10-game career. Houston lost 44-26 to Miami, but Clowney was very active from his edge rushing spot, making eight tackles - with seven solo efforts -, two tackles-for-loss and his first NFL sack.

Clowney provided one of Houston’s few highlights in a dismal first half, beating Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert to the outside, before chasing down Ryan Tannehill for the sack.

Clowney, who recently became a father for the first time, also had a dominant play for his other tackle-for-loss, crashing down on a pulling lineman before slinging the running back down.

Johnathan Joseph, Houston- Houston slumped to a third loss in four games. The Texans’ web site pointed out that Houston surrendered four first half touchdowns longer than 50 yards, while the Dolphins finished the game completing 19-of-20 passes. Joseph made four solo tackles and recovered a third quarter fumble, but pointed to one defensive deficiency in particular for his team’s loss.

“Over-pursuit sometimes, probably just wasn’t locked in - it was a number of things, but at the end of the day, it’s just tackling,” Joseph. “That’s the first thing you learn about football, guys running to the ball and tackling. We just missed too many tackles overall yesterday.”

Benjamin Watson, New Orleans- Virginia native and former Northwestern Trojan had another good outing for New Orleans during the Saints’ 27-21 win over Indianapolis. A week removed from the best game of his career, the 34-year old caught four passes for 59 yards, including a catch and run on a fake punt that got down to the Colts’ 1-yard line, setting up a Khiry Robinson touchdown smash one play later for a 7-0 first quarter lead.

Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo- the Bills slipped to another defeat, this one in London against Jacksonville. Gilmore made a pair of tackles, but was barely beaten by Allen Robinson for a touchdown in the second quarter. The former South Pointe Stallion had tight coverage but the former Penn State receiver made the catch and stretched the ball over the goal line.

Buffalo got no help from hapless quarterback play by E.J. Manuel, but Bills players weren’t blaming teammates on either side of the ball. Afterward, a frustrated Gilmore told the Buffalo News, “I can say I’ve got to play a perfect game for our team to win. I want to allow no catches; that’s what you’ve got to do. When the offense is down, that’s what you’ve got to do.”

Jonathan Meeks, Buffalo- Rock Hill High product made two tackles during the Bills’ loss to Jacksonville.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota- Northwestern’s Patterson returned four kickoffs for a combined 107 yards during the Vikings’ 28-19 win over Detroit. Eleven of Patterson’s 13 returns this season have gone for 20 yards or more, second most in the NFL.

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