Chicago Bears pass-rusher Khalil Mack was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month for September in news that shouldn’t surprise anyone. It was only a matter of time until Mack received some much-deserved hardware. Now, let’s go to the video and see how he earned it:
Mack picked up five sacks, forced four fumbles (recovered one), four tackles-for-loss, six quarterback hits, 17 total tackles, and even came away with a pick-six in his first month with the team. Serious question: When do guys who are this hyped actually do perform this well!? It’s awesome.
And it’s impressive stuff that’s even more awesome when you think about how Mack sat out team offseason training activities, summer training camp, and the entire preseason while waiting for the Oakland Raiders to honor his request for a long-term contract extension.
Mack’s arrival on September 1 has lifted the Bears’ defense to new heights. Sure, they were an already strong group that finished in the top-10 in scoring and yardage in 2017. But Mack’s presence and production has the 2018 unit ranks fifth in yards, fourth in scoring, has allowed the second fewest rushing yards, while coming up with the second most takeaways, and bringing down a league-leading 18 sacks.
The Bears have ridden a top-flight defense to a 3-1 start to the top of the NFC North standings and into their Week 5 bye. The group’s dominance has helped ease some of the pressure of quarterback Mitch Trubisky, allowing for a more manageable learning curve for the second-year starter. And to say Mack has been a major part of why the arrow is pointing up for the Bears only feels like we’re scratching the surface.