Raiders’ Edge-Rushers Meet Expectations
The Raiders’ edge-rushers, Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack, entered Sunday’s contest with an opportunity to bully the Jaguars’ banged-up offensive line, as both of Jacksonville’s tackles missed practice during the previous week.
Irvin and Mack answered the call, walking off the field with the Jaguars’ boundary offensive linemen’s lunch money.
According to PFF.com, Irvin and Mack earned 77.0 and 75.7 overall grades, respectively.
Though the two totaled just four combined tackles and one sack, they applied constant pressure on Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and played a huge part in limiting the Jacksonville’s rushing attack.
Fearing for his life, Bortles completed just 23 of 43 passes for 246 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in route to a 37.2 overall grade from PFF.com.
Excluding his 42-yard run that occurred early in the game, Jaguars lead back Chris Ivory carried the ball five times for six yards, and when removing second year back T.J. Yeldon’s 15-yard scamper, he carried the ball five times for nine yards.
Mack hinted that his coaching staff and preparation backed what he believes was the Raiders’ best defensive showing of the season.
"“We are on the same page, we played well all around and it was a cool effort out there today,” Mack said. “The coaches prepared us getting ready for the game, we studied and fortunately we came out on top.”"