Khalil Mack's improvements since his rookie season last year stood out Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Mack had five sacks (two in the third quarter and three in the fourth), the most in a game by an Oakland Raider since Howie Long had five in 1983.
The Raiders had totaled only three sacks in their three previous meetings with the Broncos. Since sacks began being recorded in 1982, Mack is the only player to have at least five sacks in a game his team won by three or fewer points.
The most recent five-sack game in the NFL was by Aldon Smith in 2012. Mack is the first player with five in a half since Vonnie Holliday of the Packers against the Bills in 2002. Mack’s five in the second half Sunday nearly matched the total he had in second halves all season entering the day (5.5).
Each of Mack's sacks increased the Raiders' win probability by at least 5 percent. The five combined for a Win Probability Added total of 42.6 percent.
Mack’s 14 sacks this season are the third-most by a Raiders player since sacks began being recorded. Derrick Burgess has the team record, with 16 in 2005. Sean Jones ranks second, with 15.5 in 1986. Mack has multiple sacks in three straight games and two in each of the two contests prior to this one -- not bad for a guy who totaled four sacks in his rookie season.
The Raiders have twice shut down the Broncos this season. Oakland held Denver to 16 points in Week 5 and 12 points on Sunday. Those are the two lowest point totals the Raiders have allowed this season.
Did you know?
Mack is the third top-five pick to have a five-sack game. The others were Gary Jeter and Derrick Thomas.