Oakland Raiders Building Around Two Big Blocks

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Dec 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton (18) is pressured by Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack (52) at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 1st-Round Pick

The Raiders were able to win this game because Mack did the same thing for the defense that Carr did for the offense. They gave up a 42-yard bomb from Bills quarterback Kyle Orton to receiver and 2014 1st round pick Sammy Watkins early on. Then Mack seemed to over the game himself as he was all over the place and Orton from that point on.

His run stuffs would help the Raiders defense hold the Bills to a paltry 13 yards on the ground for the game. And once they had the lead, he consistently disrupted Orton as he hit him three times including his arm twice on some third downs. You know he loves getting sacks more than he ever did in his lifetime right now because since he’s been with the Raiders, it means his team is leading late in the game.

In two of the three games that the Raiders had a late lead and won this year, Mack ended up with at least one sack in the game. You may look at his sack numbers and think, “That’s pedestrian!” but Mack is a dominant player and the NFL has taken notice. He’s super-dominant in the run game and affects the passer on darn-near every occasion he gets a chance to rush.