NFL 2017: Khalil Mack: Return of the Mack
Khalil Mack: Return of the Mack

Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack is a force to be reckoned with

The NFL's reigning Defensive Player of the Year recorded 11 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and an interception-return TD while helping the Raiders to a 12-4 record and their first playoff appearance since 2002. "His motor is unbelievable," says Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio of Mack. "The effort he gives every single play is second to none."

From Weeks 6 through Week 14, Mack recorded at least one sack in eight consecutive games, tying for the sixth longest streak in the NFL since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

 

Most Consecutive Games With A Sack Since 1982

Player Season(s) Team(s) Streak
(Source: NFL)
DeMarcus Ware2007-2008Dallas10
Simon Fletcher1992-1993Denver10
Dwight Freeney2008-2009Colts9
Kevin Greene1997-199849ers, Panthers9
Bruce Smith1986-1987Buffalo9
Khalil Mack2016Oakland8

 

The fifth overall selection in the 2014 Draft, Mack has excelled at putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, leading the NFL with 26 sacks since 2015.

 

NFL Players With Most Sacks Since 2015

Player Team(s) Sacks
(Source: NFL)
Khalil MackOakland26
Von MillerDenver24.5
Chandler JonesPatriots, Arizona23.5
Carlos DunlapCincinnati21.5
Cliff AvrilSeattle20.5
Ryan KerriganWashington20.5

 

"He's just a freak. He can play the run. He can rush. He can do all types of stuff. He's the kind of guy you want to play with." -- Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin

Last season, Mack earned two AFC Defensive Player of the Week Awards (Week 9 and Week 12) and was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month in November after recording four sacks, two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and an interception-return touchdown.

Mack was the only player in the NFL in 2016 with at least 10 sacks (11) and an interception-return touchdown. He was one of four NFL players last season with at least 10 sacks and five forced fumbles.

NFL 2017: Khalil Mack: Return of the Mack

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