Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack is back at it today. He already has 4.0 sacks this season and If not for an offsides penalty by fellow Raiders OLB Bruce Irvin, he would have a sack in every game this year.
Last week against the Denver Broncos, Mack dominated with seven tackles, three for a loss, seven pressures, four quarterback hits and 2.0 sacks. He feasted on rookie first-round left tackle Garett Bolles and right tackle Menelik Watson, his former teammate.
This week, he’s facing another two tackles that are simply no match for him - young former first-round (2016) left tackle in Ronnie Stanley and Austin Howard, another former teammate, are on the menu. The Baltimore Ravens already had a rough go of it last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, giving up four sacks. Defensive end Cameron Heyward had 2.0 of those sacks and OLB Bud Dupree had 1.0.
So you can imagine how it will be when they see DE Mario Edwards Jr. with Mack. QB Joe Flacco, who already isn’t playing well now, will be under constant pressure. Edwards taking extra attention will mean less triple-teams for Mack. Howard and-or Stanley are no match for him to the point where a chip from a running back isn’t enough.
So Mack will likely turn the Ravens’ offensive game plan upside down. Irvin, who finally showed up last week with his first sack of the season, just might show up again this week too. But another big game from the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year is looks inevitable.