Mack Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Month

October 04, 2018 - 8:45 am

(670 The Score) It was September 1 that Khalil Mack touched down in Chicago and began work with the Bears. The impact was immediate and now earned recognition.

Mack was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for his work, which included 17 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles and a pick-six. Mack has a strip-sack in each of his first four games, becoming the first player since Robert Mathis in 2005 to do this four straight games.

Mack, 27, was acquired by the Bears in a trade with the Raiders, with the team sending a pair of first-round picks back to Oakland as part of the deal. Chicago also acquired a 2020 second-round pick in the trade.

After Mack and the Raiders couldn't establish grounds for a long-term deal, the trade to Chicago occurred. The Bears would sign Mack to a six-year, $141-million deal, which makes him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

Mack became the first Bears player to win NFC Defensive Player of the Month since Charles Tillman did it in 2012. The Bears have benefitted from Mack's presence, starting 3-1 and reaching first place for the first time since 2013. The defense has forced 11 turnovers and eight interceptions in four September games.

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