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ALAMEDA, Calif. – Khalil Mack did not dominate the traditional statistics page in the Oakland Raiders‘ season-opening win over the Tennessee Titans. He had no sacks and a merely mortal three tackles.

But the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year did not have to own the numbers, not when his presence was felt beyond the box score.

Two of those tackles went for a loss, and he also was credited with a pass defensed. And as Pro Football Focus saw it, Mack had five pressures against the pass and three stops against the run. Add it all up, and entering Monday night’s games his 93.8 PFF grade was the highest in the NFL among edge rushers.

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Saturday night in Arizona will mark Raider debuts for a number key offseason acquisitions, including All-Pro RB Marshawn Lynch, who will suit up in the Silver and Black for the first time.

The Oakland Raiders open the 2017 preseason with a road game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7:00 p.m. PT. Following the first two weeks of training camp at the team’s summer home in Napa, Head Coach Jack Del Rio and the Raiders will begin a preseason slate of games that features three NFC West opponents. The team opens in Arizona for the second straight season before a home game against the Los Angeles Rams. Oakland’s third preseason contest will be a road game against the Dallas Cowboys before wrapping up the preseason at home against the Seattle Seahawks.

Here is the Game Preview, presented by 95.7 The GAME.

THE SETTING

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Kickoff: 
7:00 p.m. PT
Site: 
University of Phoenix Stadium (2006)
Capacity/Surface: 
63,400/Natural Grass
Preseason: Raiders lead, 8-7
Regular Season: Raiders lead, 5-4

Postseason: N/A

QB Derek Carr, entering his fourth season, will again set the pace for the offense. Reigning Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year DE Khalil Mack will look to build upon his stellar 2016 campaign as he leads the defensive unit. Saturday night in Arizona will mark Raider debuts for a number key offseason acquisitions, including All-Pro RB Marshawn Lynch, who will suit up in the Silver and Black for the first time. Approximately 30 Raider rookies will get their first taste of NFL game action on Saturday as well.

Following Saturday’s game, the Raiders will return to Napa, for their final days of training camp practices before playing in their first home game of the season at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Aug. 19 against the Rams. The Cardinals, who participated in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, last week, will host the Chicago Bears.

PRESEASON OPENER

The Raiders will open the preseason on the road for the third time in the last seven seasons, as they also opened the 2016 preseason campaign in Arizona last season and the 2014 preseason in Minnesota. It also marks the fifth time in the last seven years that the Silver and Black have played the Cardinals. The Raiders won last year’s preseason opener by a final of 31-10. Oakland’s last trip to Arizona in the regular season came in 2010, with the Cardinals winning, 24-23. The two teams are slated to meet in the regular season in 2018.

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Fact: Vic Beasley pays $4 for footlong sandwiches at Subway

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Atlanta Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley racked up 15.5 wonderful, amazing, jaw dropping sacks during the 2016 regular season. I suck at math, but that is a lot of sacks, which is why he won the sack crown. Falcons fans everywhere think the world of Beasley. Meanwhile, he’s been productive this offseason, participating in a special pass rush summit hosted by Von Miller for the league’s most elite pass rushers. So what does 2017 hold for Beasley?

Pro Football Focus did an interesting piece yesterday about the importance of pressuring the quarterback. More to the point, PFF writer William Moy highlighted the importance of turning pressures into sacks. And while he certainly respects Beasley’s skillset, he’s skeptical about his future sack totals.

Beasley finished the year with 45 total pressures. Despite besting Khalil Mack by five sacks, Mack had more than double (96) the number of pressures that Beasley had … [i]f Beasley is going to force himself into the conversation in terms of elite pass-rushers, he’s going to need generate pressure much more consistently, because he will be very unlikely to repeat his conversion rate of notching a sack on 28.5 percent of all of his pressures in 2017 and beyond.

Basically Moy thinks Beasley’s 2016 sack total isn’t indicative of his status as a pass rusher. Moy thinks Beasley is a great football player, but he doubts Beasley’s ability to rack up 15.5 sacks again, absent a lot more pressures. It’s a fair criticism, even if it’s a little nit picky.

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For someone who’s already received a multitude of accolades this season, most notably the title of Defensive Player of the Year, it’s hard to deny that defensive end Khalil Mack is one of the best at his position in the NFL. The Oakland Raiders edge rusher has wreaked havoc on offensive lines since entering the league in 2014, and was recently named Pro Football Focus’ best overall edge rusher from the 2016 season.

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Another day, another end-of-season award for Khalil Mack.

The Oakland Raiders defensive end was once again a menace for quarterbacks in 2016, and after being named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl, the awards have been coming early and often for No. 52.

Not only was he named an Associated Press First-Team All-Pro for the second year in a row, he was also named the NFL 101 Awards’ AFC Defensive Player of the Year, and the Pro Football Writers of America’s Defensive Player of the Year as well.

Now, Mack has also been recognized as the Sporting News Defensive Player of the Year, beating out Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller and Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry for the right to take the award home in 2016.

The dominant edge rusher finished his third season in Silver and Black with 77 tackles, 11 sacks, one interception returned for touchdown, four passes defensed, five forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries, helping the Raiders make their first playoff berth since 2002 in the process.

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