The Chicago Bears’ Thursday night win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers included plenty of standout performances, but no one player was more impressive than the Bears’ $26 million dollar man, Khalil Mack.
Mack has had a disappointing start to 2020, but not for the reasons you’d commonly think — Mack has had a disappointing start to 2020, but not for the reasons you’d commonly think — he’s been violent off the end against both the run and the pass and has consistently won his pass-rushing matchups but has almost nothing statistical to show for it. He had a forced fumble stripped away from him in Atlanta due to penalty, has continued to face double and triple teams, and has so consistently played from behind that there’s just not been much opportunity to rush the passer while he looks downfield. That is, until Thursday night.
You see, following the offense’s late second-quarter rally, the Bears’ defense had an opportunity to do something they basically haven’t been able to do all year — play with a lead. It was just a one-point lead, but it was a lead nevertheless and Mack cashed in with 2.5 huge sacks, a pass deflection, and a 3rd sack that was wiped off the board due to a ticky-tack roughing penalty. He was dominant all night long and something had to be done to celebrate it.
With that in mind, I put together a “Macktober”/”Mackoween” highlight reel showcasing the terror I imagine opposing quarterbacks feel when he’s in the game. It was a lot of fun to put together and I’m glad I got the chance to do so — check it out below and let me know what you think!