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The Bears’ Khalil Mack headlines Pro Football Focus’ Team of the Week

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It was a stellar debut for the star pass rusher Mack. He and a few other Bears were rightfully recognized for their play against the Packers.

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You couldn’t have scripted a better individual debut for Khalil Mack in his first game as a Bear. On the field for just 42 of 60 snaps, Mack put on a performance for the ages against the Packers on Sunday night. That’s especially so in the first half where he had a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery, and a pick-six: something that hadn’t been done since Lawrence Taylor accomplished it in 1982 for the Giants.

Yes, the Bears would end up falling in a nail-biter despite Mack’s transcendence. But that doesn’t take away from a man that looked like (and probably is) the best defensive player in the NFL.

For his special dominance against Green Bay, Mack was named to Pro Football Focus’ Week 1 NFL team with an exuberantly high 93.3 grade as an edge defender. 32 of those 42 snaps were pass-rushes, and according to PFF, Mack had a pressure on five of them in addition to his turnovers forced. Here’s a hunch it won’t be the first time you see the star pass rusher feature in post-game accolades. Ideally, it’ll come alongside victory in the future.

Not to be completely outdone, Jordan Howard and Kyle Long were also named to the Pro Football Focus Week 1 NFL team for their performances at running back and guard, respectively. Howard forced three missed tackles and averaged 3.9 yards after contact with only 15 carries. While Long looked the healthiest he’s been since early 2016. He allowed just two pressures as a pass protector in combination with his trademark mauling in the running game.

As can be seen clear as day, this is a very talented Bears roster. That talent now has to morph into victories on the field.

Robert is the Editor-in-chief of The Blitz Network, managing editor for Windy City Gridiron, and Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.