Oakland Raiders @ Lions: Four Players to Watch

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Khalil Mack

December 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Bills 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With Aldon Smith suspended for the rest of the season, it’s going to be up to Khalil Mack to keep the pass rush respectable.

Mack has been catching some heat for not putting up big sack numbers, but at 5 sacks on the season, he’s actually tied for 20th in the league.

The Lions offensive line is average for the most part, allowing the 12th most sacks on the season. So this is a great opportunity for Mack and the rest of the pass rush to make an impact.