The deadline for voting on the players who will be considered for the 2017 Pro Bowl is today (December 13). That means if you want your favorite players to be on the team, you better get on it.
To help you out, here are a few Raiders who are among the top at their position.
LB/DE Khalil Mack
The man who made history as the first ever All Pro at two positions is at it again this season. His 11.0 sacks are tied for third in the league. That includes having at least one sack in 8 consecutive games which would put him right at his 2015 total of 15.0.
He isn’t all about sacks though. Mack also has 61 combined tackles on the season which is more than any player in the league with at least six sacks. His 6 takeaways (5 forced fumbles, one interception) leads the league among non-cornerbacks.
All this makes Mack Pro Football Focus’s highest pass rush grade (92.5) and their graded edge defender with an elite 91.5 grade. No other edge defender has above a 90.
QB Derek Carr
Leading the MVP discussion prior to the Raiders’ rough game in Kansas City, Carr leads the NFL with 6 game-winning touchdown passes. His 3492 passing yards is 8th in the league as is his 24 touchdown passes. No one in the NFL with at least 23 touchdown passes has fewer interceptions than Carr’s 5. His passer rating of 96.0 is fifth in the league among 18 quarterbacks with at least 440 attempts. And that’s including the hit his rating took with his rough game in KC.
OG Kelechi Osemele, C Rodney Hudson, LT Donald Penn
Offensive linemen don’t typically put up stats, so it can be difficult to use them to prove their work is worthy. What we do know is the Raiders have given up the fewest sacks in the league and have the league’s sixth ranked run offense (116.2 yards per game).
Pro Football Focus also recently did their top 25 offensive linemen in the NFL and the Raiders were tied for the most players on the list with these three all in the top 15. Osemele was the top rated guard and third overall, Penn was the 4th best left tackle and 7th overall, and Hudson was the 4th rated center and 15th overall.
P Marquette King
He too had a rough week in Kansas City. Even still, he is 7th in the league in punt average (47.6) and net average (41.2). He’s 4th in with 12 downed punts. Sixth with 27 punts downed inside the 20.
WR Amari Cooper
Passed 1000 receiving yards last week. His 1010 yards is 6th in the league. His 18 catches of 20+ yards is fourth in the league. Cooper is on pace for 1243 yards on the season, which is well above his 1070 from last season when he made the Pro Bowl as an alternate.
CB David Amerson
Though he has secured just two interceptions, he is sixth in the league with 17 passes defended.
KR/PR Jalen Richard
His 9.3 yards per punt return is 5th among players with at least 20 returns. His 23.9 yards per kick return is sixth in the league with at least 15 returns.
CB Sean Smith
This may be cheating, considering he doesn’t have stats among the best corners. But much of that is because quarterbacks don’t throw his way a lot. Last week against the Chiefs, his receiver didn’t have even a single target.