HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack and Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler have met before, rather violently. Mack sacked the struggling signal caller five times in 2015, tying Howie Long’s Raider record when Osweiler was a member of the Denver Broncos.
The two will once again be matched up on opposites sides of the line of scrimmage as the Texans (6-3) and Raiders (7-2) travel to Mexico City for Monday Night Football.
Mack has had a strong recent stretch including Week 9 against Denver where Mack posted a pair of sacks, a forced fumble, and a recovery earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Mack has seven sacks in 2016 which ties him for 8th in the league.
Osweiler didn’t seem to be worried about facing Mack again when asked about at his Wednesday press conference.
“I’m sure (the Texans coaching staff) will have answers for him,” Osweiler said. Without a question, we are well aware of what Khalil Mack’s capable of doing – obviously I experienced it firsthand last year – and we will have answers for him.”
While Osweiler’s sack rate is down from last season in Denver when he was sacked 23 times in eight games, one of the knocks on him during free agency was that he tended to hold the ball too long which doesn’t bode well against the pass rush of Oakland led by Mack.”
“(Mack) never stops,” Osweiler said. “He has a very high football motor, he plays extremely hard, he’s a very physical guy but yet he has a ton of speed as well. So, he is a very gifted, special, unique football player and you need to give him the respect that he deserves.”
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