ALAMEDA — Khalil Mack had no interest in beating his chest or proclaiming to the masses they were wrong about the supposedly leaky Raiders defense.
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The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year saw the good and the bad, and has never paid much attention to outside noise anyway, unimpressed by the praise and unaffected by criticism.
Speaking in his usual hushed tones in front of his locker in an exclusive interview, Mack acknowledged the good start as well as the need for a stronger finish.
“You take your experience from the game, knowing that was a hell of an offense, going against (Marcus) Mariota and the O-line they have,” Mack said. “It’s a solid team, especially running the game. You want to make them pass the ball more.
“Even then, they were able to make some good catches and good throws and move the ball. From the defensive side of it,you don’t want to see that too much. You want to get better.”
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Indeed, the Titans averaged 5.6 yards per snap, which is too much, but only scored 16 points — and just six in the second half when the Raiders took control of the game.
A big reason was Mack, who graded out as the best edge player by Pro Football Focus with five hurries, a batted pass and three stops for no gain or loss.
There’s no slowing down Khalil Mack pic.twitter.com/PjVveyLL5W
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 13, 2017
Mack even graded out ahead of Calais Campbell, who had four sacks in his debut with the Jacksonville Jaguars. One reason he graded out so high is he faced double and some time triple teams throughout the game and still made an impact.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports