Khalil Mack

Bears' Khalil Mack declines to speak following London loss to Raiders

Bears' Khalil Mack declines to speak following London loss to Raiders

Heading into his first game against the Raiders since being traded by them last September, Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack said he wanted to "make [Oakland] pay for it." Afterward, he didn't say much at all.

Mack totaled three tackles, one quarterback hit and a fumble recovery in Sunday's game in London, but it was the Raiders who had the last laugh, coming away with a thrilling 24-21 victory. Following the defeat, Mack apparently wasn't in a talking mood.

Mack certainly wasn't the reason the Bears lost to his former team, but it doesn't change the fact that he proved unable to back up his talk. A glance at the current league standings will reveal his current situation is no better than his last.

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He knew going into the game that it would be an emotional one, so it's difficult to blame Mack if his emotions were still fresh in the immediate aftermath of the loss. He's got a longer than usual postgame flight ahead of him, though, and you can be sure he was hoping to head back to the States under different circumstances.

Raiders report card: Grades on offense, defense in 24-21 win over Bears

Raiders report card: Grades on offense, defense in 24-21 win over Bears

LONDON – The Raiders are 3-2 despite a brutal start to a schedule loaded with legitimate playoff contenders. Yeah, you read that right.

The Silver and Black have won two straight games away from home, a big win over Indianapolis last week followed up with a 24-21 victory over Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears.

The Raiders were awesome in the first half and weathered a disastrous third quarter with enough heart and drive to pull out a fourth-quarter comeback.

This team is mentally tough and plays hard together, often above their cumulative talent level.

They certainly did so on Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, quieting Khalil Mack and an intimidating Bears defense.

There should be several high marks on this week’s report card, coming after an impressive, impressive win.

Rushing offense

The Bears entered Sunday as the third-ranked rushing defense. That didn’t change the Raiders' approach one bit. They wanted to run the football and did so effectively all night long. Kudos go to the offensive line, fullback Alec Ingold and running back Josh Jacobs, who fought through an elbow injury to produce a career day. Jacobs had 123 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, including the game-deciding score late in the fourth quarter.

DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard were also impactful running the ball, as the Raiders are establishing themselves as a quality running team. They had more runs than passes in this day thanks to steady production that kept the chains moving.

Grade: A-plus

Passing offense

The Raiders needed a mistake-free day from Derek Carr, one loaded with accurate short and intermediate passes. He provided exactly that, giving skill players room to run and make plays after the catch. He did that despite being without Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson.

The quarterback was the leader the Raiders needed, but tackles Kolton Miller and Trent Brown were the real stars of the day. They held Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd sackless in this one, leaving Carr with plenty of time to throw. Trevor Davis’ fumble near the goal line was a real negative. Those things can’t happen in tight games, even though the ball got hit with a perfect punch.

Grade: B

Rushing defense

David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen are a solid rushing tandem. They weren’t able to do much against a Raiders run defense that has been solid, save a Week 3 gashing from Dalvin Cook. The Bears averaged just 2.5 yards per carry in this game, putting a ton on backup quarterback Chase Daniel. Let’s not forget the Raiders did all that without Vontaze Burfict, who was suspended Monday for an illegal hit the previous week.

Linebacker Nicholas Morrow was solid playing next to Tahir Whitehead. Corey Liuget and P.J Hall were tough inside, complimenting Johnathan Hankins. The Bears' run game was a non-factor in this one, an underrated aspect of the game that played a huge role in a huge win.

Grade: A

Passing defense

Gareon Conley iced this game with an interception, and Morrow had one early that lead to an easy touchdown. That was huge, as was the defensive line’s ability to rattle Chase Daniel. The Bears backup quarterback made some mistakes that were key to the Raiders' victory.

Maxx Crosby and Benson Mayowa had sacks. Maurice Hurst had two in an energizing effort for an improving defensive line operating without rookie Clelin Ferrell. The group gave up some big plays to Allen Robinson during the Bears' third-quarter push, but made enough plays to let the offense surge from behind.

Grade: B-plus

Special teams

The Raiders gave up a huge punt return to Tarik Cohen that put the Bears back in the game, and A.J. Cole was just okay punting the ball. A fake punt worked out well, despite Erik Harris losing control of the ball after getting the first down. That play was vital to the Raiders' victory, but giving up that punt return to Cohen simply is unacceptable. Bears returner Cordarrelle Patterson had a 39-yard kickoff return, too.

Giving up those chunks will often get you beat.

Grade:C-minus

Overall

Coach Jon Gruden came up with a great game plan to get his offense going right from the start. That 17-point halftime lead was lost, yet important in the grand scheme. The Raiders clearly made the right choice to stay in London all week, and showed no ill effects of playing so far from home.

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The team weathered that third-quarter storm and emerged victorious. Last year’s team would’ve folded. This one has now won back-to-back games away from home and enter the bye week at 3-2. That's an excellent mark considering how hard their schedule has been.

Grade: A-plus-plus-plus

How Raiders' Kolton Miller, Trent Brown slowed down Khalil Mack, Bears

How Raiders' Kolton Miller, Trent Brown slowed down Khalil Mack, Bears

LONDON – Opposing teams work hard to stop Bears pass-rusher Khalil Mack. They’re rarely effective despite significant attention always being paid to Chicago’s All-Pro edge rusher.

The Raiders know full well that Mack’s a game-wrecker. He won a bunch of games for the Silver and Black before being traded to Chicago in Sept. 2018 for a compensation package that included two first-round picks.

They surely didn’t want Mack going off against his old team. Mack sacking Derek Carr over and over again would be a bad look, and the Raiders seemed set on shutting Mack down.

Jon Gruden varied his tactics trying to slow Mack down, from cut blocks to double teams to chipping tight ends and running backs. The head coach’s blocking scheme worked wonders.

Mack had three tackles, a fumble recovery he didn’t force, and just one quarterback hit in the Raiders’ 24-21 victory over Chicago here at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The most important stat: Zero sacks. No takeaways. No game-changing plays.

The offensive line was highly motivated to shut Mack down, especially after he said he wanted to make his old team pay in this game.

“Of course we take that personally,” left guard Richie Incognito said. “He’s over there talking about how he’s looking forward to playing us and all this stuff. There’s a history, and we came out and we were physical with them, and they didn’t like it.”

Jon Gruden gave game balls to left tackle Kolton Miller and right tackle Trent Brown, players chiefly responsible for blocking Mack.

Those guys were solid throughout protecting both flanks, giving quarterback Derek Carr plenty of time to work the ball downfield.

“I thought we had a good plan for him and we executed it well,” Miller said. “It was important to slow him down as much as possible. The key there is just being consistent with your technique and fundamentals. I think we were able to do that in the run game and the pass game.”

Mack got around Brown once and was bearing down on Carr, but the quarterback got rid of it in time.

Mack declined to speak after the game despite requests for him to do so.

The Mack vs. Gruden storyline dominated the entire practice week, creating significant hype around this international NFL game.

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The matchup itself came down to execution, and Miller and Brown led a quality effort to slow him down.

“The entire offensive line took this game as a challenge,” Miller said. “It was a big test for us, and we were able to run the ball and protect the pocket.”