Khalil Mack appears to be healthy and ready to take on the Detroit Lions offensive line. After surrendering 10 sacks on Sunday, could Mack be in position to pick up right where he left off?
Khalil Mack practiced fully and is ready to go against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. It is great timing considering the division game. Even when thinking of his injury, he played against the New England Patriots, albeit ineffective after the injury.
From there, the team rested him for two games. Is it a coincidence that he was healthy the very next week against the Pats, but not against the Jets and Bills? Is it a coincidence that he is ready to go against the division rival?
While the injury was obviously serious and showed against New England, it seems as though he likely could have played in emergency situations in the last two weeks as well.
With that in mind, we could be getting a healthy Khalil Mack who even got an extra week to ensure peak health. This could be a good spot for Mack, as the Lions are coming off of a ten sack game.
The blame for the sacks can go around. The offense lost Golden Tate. The Vikings mixed blitzed. Matt Stafford play poorly. Everson Griffen and Danille Hunter are elite talents. All of those excuses are fair, but all could apply to the Bears as well.
Of course, while they would not have Hunter and Griffen, Mack resembles the same elite talent. Hunter had three sacks all to himself on Sunday, and most of those can be credited squarely on him. While Ricky Wagner is talented, Hunter took advantage and had a huge game.
While you can chalk that up to Hunter, Mack will be lined up in the same spots Hunter dominated just last week. If Mack is healthy, and he just saw the book on how to get pressure from the right side, there is a chance that Wagner is once again in for a long day, and that could result in Matthew Stafford sacks.