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#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 15, 2020 9:19:25 PM(UTC)
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Standing at 3-1 https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Roquan-Smith-Jersey , and with the “regression” in full effect — wait, what exactly defines “regression” again? — the Chicago Bears will “host” the Oakland Raiders at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England. One story that’ll trump any of this coming weekend’s news will certainly be why the Raiders decided to trade their young franchise pass rusher to anyone last season. They have struggled, and I mean struggled, to rush the passer since Mack’s trade was announced. They also haven’t done a particularly great job of protecting Derek Carr, either. I could have highlighted the Bears’ pass protection against the Raiders’ pass rush as this week’s matchup. However, I’ll concede that I just could not pass up an opportunity to write on Mack’s chance at vengeance against his former employer.Mack is playing the best football of his careerGeoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsWhere the Raiders’ defense has yielded the worst pass rush the league has seen in recent memory, Khalil Mack has thrived with his new team. In 18 career games played during the regular season, Mack has been credited with 17 sacks, along with forcing 10 fumbles. The Raiders have registered 18 sacks and 8 forced fumbles in 20 games as a team. That’s simply ludicrous production. The scariest part about this match-up Eddie Goldman Color Rush Jersey , is we might be witnessing Mack playing the best football of his life. If you think I’m kidding, then just gloss over the damage he’s inflicted over the past three games. He’s now on track for 19 sacks and 16 forced fumbles by the end of the 2019 regular season. And did anyone else notice teams, most notably the Minnesota Vikings, are assigning four players against #52 in certain pass protections? (Yes, there are clearly 4 different players who threw a block at Khalil Mack.)Good luck to the Raiders who’ll be assigned to slow Mack down on Sunday. Jon Gruden will try to scheme his way around Khalil Mack Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsDuring the 2019 offseason the Raiders looked to cash in on major purchases invested into their skilled positions on offense and defense. Lost in the confusion that was Antonio Brown’s situation was the Raiders’ underrated acquisition of Trent Brown. However, they also elected to release former Pro Bowl LT Donald Penn in favor of making Kolton Miller the franchise’s top pass protector for Derek Carr. Four weeks into the season, and the Raiders haven’t been terrible at pass protection. They currently rank 14th in football outsiders’s adjusted sack rate statistic. Two major factors have been Kolton Miller’s development, and Josh Jacobs being better than anticipated in pass protection. Gruden loves to have his backs in pass protection instead of lining up a tight end to Miller’s side. Another thing we’ll see are receivers chipping in instead of tight ends. It’s an odd approach, but it’s one that’s becoming more common as teams adopt collegiate style “ace” concepts. It’s likely that the Raiders will try to run the ball early to gas the Bears’ defense, then followup with quick three-step drops for Carr to get the ball out quickly. There’s just one significant flaw in Gruden’s pass protection. He generally leaves his left tackle on an island to protect Carr’s blindside. And trying to block with five linemen against the Bears’ front seven will be a recipe for disaster. Especially when daring Khalil Mack to beat Kolton Miller one-on-one. Let’s not forget about everybody else....Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty ImagesA theme for Khalil Mack’s career in Oakland was while he’s a potential hall of fame player at his position(s) Marcus Cooper Jersey , he just didn’t have any help on that squad to shoulder the load. That’s not the case in Chicago. We’ve already witnessed the Bears’ depth tested early this season due to injuries for Bilal Nichols and Akiem Hicks. Roy Robertson-Harris is becoming yet another monster in Chicago, and Nick Williams has been eating quarterbacks when given the opportunity. Leonard Floyd and the remainder of the Bears’ linebackers are also in good shape. If Jon Gruden thinks Khalil Mack is the only player to focus on...well, it will get ugly. It’s almost impossible to try and block every player in Chicago’s front seven. Chuck Pagano knows that better than anybody else in the league. Grab a plate of fish ‘n chips and a cold pint (or a coke for those who don’t drink) and prepare for a classic vengeance game. Khalil Mack might be the most humble superstar one could meet in today’s league. However, he’s also hungry to remind Gruden where his now-wasted money on Antonio Brown should have been spent in 2018. That, of course, is something Ryan Pace and the Bears will forever be thankful for. MINNESOTA (2-1) at CHICAGO (2-1)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EDT, CBSOPENING LINE — Bears by 2½RECORD VS. SPREAD — Minnesota 2-1; Chicago 1-2SERIES RECORD — Vikings lead 60-54-2LAST MEETING —Bears beat Vikings 24-10, Dec. 30, 2018LAST WEEK — Vikings beat Raiders 34-14; Bears beat Redskins 31-15AP PRO32 RANKING — Vikings No. 8 https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Kyle-Fuller-Jersey , Bears No. 14VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (2), PASS (31)VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (13), PASS (11)BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (21), PASS (29)BEARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (5), PASS (14)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bears swept Vikings last year for first time since 2011 Bryce Callahan Color Rush Jersey , kept Minnesota out of postseason with victory in regular-season finale. ... Vikings are 3-15 on road vs. Bears since 2000, but two of those wins have come in last four trips. .... Vikings lead league with seven rushing touchdowns, two shy of last season's total. ... Vikings averaging NFL-low 21 pass attempts per game. ... Minnesota has have not allowed third-quarter point yet. Bears are second in league, with six points allowed. ... RB Dalvin Cook leads NFL with 375 rushing yards. He's one of only five players in league history to start season with at least 110 yards and one TD in each of first three games, joining Pro Football Hall of Fame members Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson, Emmitt Smith and Curtis Martin. ... Vikings brought back WR Laquon Treadwell, native of Chicago suburb Crete, after cutting 2016 first-round draft pick at end of training camp. ... Vikings also brought back CB/PR Marcus Sherels this week, after placing WR/PR Chad Beebe on injured reserve. Sherels has franchise record with five career punt return TDs Josh Bellamy Jersey , including one at Chicago on Nov. 1, 2015. ... Chicago had five takeaways at winless Washington on Monday night, bringing season total to six. ... QB Mitchell Trubisky completed 25 of 31 passes for 231 yards, threw his first three touchdowns of season against Redskins after struggling in first two games. .... Since entering NFL with Oakland in 2014, LB Khalil Mack is tied for league lead in forced fumbles (18), tied for second in games with two or more sacks (13). Mack had two sacks last week, forcing fumbles on each one. ...S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had two of Chicago's three interceptions on Monday night, running one back 37 yards for touchdown. ... CB Kyle Fuller has one interception in each of past two games. ... WR Taylor Gabriel had six catches for 75 yards with career-high three TDs before sustaining concussion. Fantasy tip: Cook going against tough run defense could lead to opportunities forreceivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, assuming Kirk Cousins has time to throw.
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