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  • #46
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...k-at-pass-rush

    And of course, Gruden says they needed a better pass rush, and more.....

    The Oakland Raiders got off to a solid start leading the Los Angeles Rams, 13-10, at halftime in Jon Gruden's return to the sideline. The Raiders smartly employed an offensive game plan to avoid Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, heavily targeting tight end Jared Cook, who had a monster night. And the defense took advantage of a rusty Rams offense early. Then the second-half started. L.A.'s coaching staff made adjustments, and the Raiders crumbled.

    The talent discrepancy between the California teams that was minimized in the first half was fully on display for those staying up late enough to catch the end. The Rams' defense turned the screws on Derek Carr forcing three turnovers, including Peters' pick-six to close the game out. After touching the ball just five times in the first half, Todd Gurley took over, going for 147 total yards by the final whistle. The biggest problem for the Raiders' defense was a complete lack of a pass rush. Oakland compiled one Bruce Irvin strip sack in the first half, and two total QB hits. That's it. The entire game. Gruden's defense didn't come close to sniffing Jared Goff in the second half. The third-year quarterback could have knitted a sweater while completing passes he had so much time in the pocket.

    "When you can run the ball like they ran in the second half, it's very hard to rush the passer," Gruden said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. "Obviously, we didn't get to Goff enough, and we didn't get to Gurley enough. We'll take a good look at the reasons why we didn't." Hmmm. I wonder what one reason could be? Oh, that's right, those two first-round picks for which Khalil Mack was traded aren't on the field yet.

    The Raiders hoped the rookie trio of Arden Key, P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst would help fill the hole left by the Mack trade. Monday night was a mixed bag. Key earned a QB hit and three tackles. He also gave up the edge several times. Hall ended up second on the team in tackles with six and Hurst tallied three. None of them offered much pressure on Goff.

    "We knew we had to rush Goff and we couldn't give him too much time," Irvin said. "I don't think we did a good enough job of putting a lot of pressure on him."

    Perhaps next week against the Denver Broncos' offensive line, the Mack-less Raiders will have better luck. Maybe.


    ~~~~~

    I say maybe not.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Zealander View Post
      Ahhhhhhh

      It keeps getting WOOOORRRSSSSSEEE

      MAAAAAAAAACKKKKK!!!

      I am a HUGE FAN NOW!!!!!!

      FTR

      :lombardi:
      After two weeks with Mack as the linchpin the Bears D is wicked good. That defense leads the league with 10 sacks, second in the league with 5 forced fumbles, and is the only defense in the league with 2 defensive scores. Mack's numbers 2 sacks, 2 FF, 1 Int for a td. This week the Cards and human statue Sam Bradford.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by bears6385 View Post
        After two weeks with Mack as the linchpin the Bears D is wicked good. That defense leads the league with 10 sacks, second in the league with 5 forced fumbles, and is the only defense in the league with 2 defensive scores. Mack's numbers 2 sacks, 2 FF, 1 Int for a td. This week the Cards and human statue Sam Bradford.
        Well this is Bradford's obligatory season ending injury game....I mean cumon man! This has to happen every year. Bradford plays, looks OK or above agerage and then gets freakin' killed on a play that most other players would be just fine after....

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        • #49
          I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly the Bears are my side piece NFC team. Plus Mack, Smith, Trev, Floyd, and the rest of that D is vicious. It reminds me a lot of our team in 2015. It's real nice to see the Bears doing well again.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by Rich_C View Post
            Well this is Bradford's obligatory season ending injury game....I mean cumon man! This has to happen every year. Bradford plays, looks OK or above agerage and then gets freakin' killed on a play that most other players would be just fine after....
            Hell that is what the Bears did to Bradford last year without Mack...……….Then the Vikings put in Keennum and the rest is history. I hope Bradford stays upright the whole game. Put Rosen in next week.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Meshuggah83 View Post
              I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly the Bears are my side piece NFC team. Plus Mack, Smith, Trev, Floyd, and the rest of that D is vicious. It reminds me a lot of our team in 2015. It's real nice to see the Bears doing well again.
              That's what I have been saying ever since we got Mack. Broncos 2015 defense = Bears 2018 defense.

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              • #52
                Mack is looking incredible, no surprise. I'm already over it. I'll root for him just as I did Marcus Allen except when they play us.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by DevilSpawn View Post
                  Mack is looking incredible, no surprise. I'm already over it. I'll root for him just as I did Marcus Allen except when they play us.
                  Damn I knew he was a pro-bowl caliber player, but so far he looks like the best defensive player in the league.


                  I believe Bears play you next year in Oakland.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by bears6385 View Post
                    Damn I knew he was a pro-bowl caliber player, but so far he looks like the best defensive player in the league.


                    I believe Bears play you next year in Oakland.
                    He has been a top 20 player in the NFL voted by his peers three years in a row. One year his peers voted him 5th best player in the NFL only behind Von on Defense.

                    When I looked at what the Bears did on defense in 2017 I had a feeling Mack was going to tear things up. The Bears defense is currently on my fantasy team :thumb:
                    Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by bears6385 View Post
                      Damn I knew he was a pro-bowl caliber player, but so far he looks like the best defensive player in the league.


                      I believe Bears play you next year in Oakland.
                      Yes they do and it will no doubt be a prime time game.

                      I don't think he does in Oakland this year what he's doing in Chicago right now because you guys have much more talent on D. But he would've done something.

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                      • #56
                        You could make the argument (so far) for him being both DPOY & MVP
                        "Happiness is just an illusion, filled with sadness and confusion." Jimmy Ruffin

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                        • #57
                          After the Bears Buc's game. Gruden on Mack according to NFL Network's Mike Silver. "Khalil Mack got another strip sack?" " Are you....kidding me?" No Jon he is not.

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