Though he is having the best season of any player on the Raiders, defensive end Khalil Mack will really want to get after the quarterback in this one. Not just because that quarterback is Tom Brady, but because Mack has a favorable matchup going up against right tackle LaAdrian Waddle.
Mack will find ways to be productive on this Raiders defense. Yes, helping stop the run will be huge en route to a surprise victory for the Raiders. That being said, a sack of Brady would get the Raider Nation section of the Estadio Azteca crowd very fired up.
Of course, New England could have a blocking tight end to help chip Mack out on the edge when he tries to get around Waddle. Then again, this wouldn’t be the first time that an opposing offense has had to bring in extra blockers to try to handle Mack.
The reason Mack is so valuable in this game for the Raiders is that he is their best shot at creating constant pressure on Brady. New England loves to get the ball out in a hurry. Brady will take the occasional sack. Maybe Mack can get him twice on Sunday to help lift the Raiders to victory?