Khalil Mack wins Defensive Player of the Month honors.
Khalil Mack has been an absolute force in every game he’s played this season. In the month of September, Mack tallied 17 tackles, and had 5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and a pick six. He also had plenty of efforts that don’t show up in the stat sheet, like hitting Jameis Winston’s arm and causing an interception.
It’s hard to imagine any defensive player playing at a better level than what Mack has done in his first four games as a Chicago Bear.
Somehow, through the first four games, the NFL didn’t select Mack to win Defensive Player of the Week in any of those games.
Today, the NFL announced Defensive Player of the Month honors, and they’ve finally changed their tune.
After being passed over for four straight games, the numbers were just too gaudy to look away again. Mack has been named Defensive Player of the Month by the NFL, and well-deserved at that.
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At this point, there’s no signs of Mack slowing down. Despite other talent on the front seven like Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman, Mack continues to get double and triple teamed and continually beats them and gets to the quarterback.
Mack is the front-runner at this point for Defensive Player of the Year, but more impressively, the rumble has started about Mack’s case for MVP.
The MVP case is a longshot at this point with the play of Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes, and the fact that the MVP almost always goes to a QB. But this season, at this point, if you asked what non-QB is having the best season at any position, the answer is Khalil Mack.
Mack has three games in October with a bye week coming up on October 7th, if he’s going to repeat his Defensive Player of the Month status, he’s going to have to elevate his game even further to get it while only playing three games this month.
If anybody can do it, it’s Khalil Mack.