“Amazing” Khalil Mack makes strong first impression for Chargers

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The Chargers traded for Khalil Mack this offseason in hopes that his arrival would give the defense the kind of playmaking that they were lacking in 2021.

Mack made that look like a great call in his debut. Mack sacked Derek Carr three times, including a fourth-down sack at the two minute warning that put the finishing touches on a 24-19 win. Mack added another quarterback hit in a performance that safety Derwin James called “amazing” after the game.

In addition to being Mack’s first game with the Chargers, it was also his first game since hurting his foot in Week Seven last year.

“Understanding what last year was, last year getting cut short, not being able to be myself from the start of the season to the sixth game of the season, I was looking forward to this game,” Mack said, via Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com. “I think you all could tell a little bit, maybe.”

Joey Bosa had 1.5 sacks and thoughts of that duo wreaking havoc off the edge all season will make for a lot of smiles around the Chargers on Monday.

8 responses to ““Amazing” Khalil Mack makes strong first impression for Chargers

  1. Well, good for him. He’s extremely talented. The question is not game 1 but will he be lining up in week 8 and beyond. He’s a menace when healthy but that has been the issue.

  2. He will always give his team exactly two possessions of above average performance and then disappear immediately.

  3. Mack played well in his “Super Bowl,” now watch him disappear for weeks at a time like he did so often in Chicago…

  4. Mack ALWAYS plays lights out in the first week, accumulating a lot of stats. Let’s see how many games like this he can string together before disappearing.

  5. Just think Raider fans. Gruden got rid of this guy that you should have been building your defense around the last 5 years and then nixed Tom Brady and Gronk coming to town three years ago. I’d be seething if I were you.

  6. Enjoy him as long as he lasts. Same for Bosa. Odds that one (or even both) are out by the 1/2 season mark is pretty good…..

  7. One of Bosa’s sacks should have an asterisk next to it. A trick play where he “sacked” Davante Adams and Derek Carr was the guy who had to block him.

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