Mack and the Raiders Defense are Building Momentum

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Date sent: 2017/12/06 04:45:25
The Raiders’ reigning NFL <a href=""></a> Defensive Player of the Year had perhaps his best game of the season Sunday in Oakland’s 24-17 victory over the New York Giants.
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In fact, it feels <a href=""></a> as if defensive end Khalil Mack is just now starting to get his season rolling into high gear over the past three games.
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In the win over the <a href="">Joe Montana Jersey</a> Giants, Mack had a sack of quarterback Geno Smith in which he pulled the ball away for a turnover in the red zone, a play that proved crucial in the victory. He also had sacks in the two previous games against the Broncos and Patriots.

Raiders linebacker NaVorro Bowman said Mack’s strip sack of Smith was an enormous play, with New York having marched to the Oakland 4 yard <a href="">Daniel Sedin Jersey</a> line.

“That’s just the motor,” Bowman said of Mack, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group. “If you go back to the beginning of that play and you see the get-off, that’s really <a href="">Lawrence Taylor Authentic Jersey</a> what got him there so fast and Geno didn’t expect him to get there that fast. I saw the ball loose, and it was him being instinctual. ... Grabbing that ball was a huge play for us.”

Over the past two games, new defensive coordinator John Pagano has been using Mack a bit differently, moving him around the defensive front to create new matchups and <a href=""></a> pressures on blocking schemes. The analytic website Pro Football Focus noted that <a href="">Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey</a> Mack’s performance Sunday was one of the most dominant defensive efforts in the entire league, calling him “unblockable.” PFF noted Mack had 11 pressures and a <a href="">Cam Newton Jersey</a> sack in 30 pass-rush snaps. He had a hit and nine hurries among those pressures. He was the top-graded Raider by PFF. “Just another ultra-productive performance from Mack,” wrote PFF.

Mack doesn’t have gaudy sack stats <a href=""></a> this season. He has 7½ sacks, far behind NFL leader DeMarcus Lawrence of the Cowboys, who has 13½. But he’s a force in both the running and passing games and perhaps the NFL’s best edge defender.

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