Four Raiders selected to 2018 Pro Bowl
Oakland Raiders C Rodney Hudson, DE Khalil Mack, G/T Kelechi Osemele and T Donald Penn have been named to the 2018 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Tuesday.
LB NaVorro Bowman, QB Derek Carr, G Gabe Jackson, P Marquette King, RB Marshawn Lynch and WR Cordarrelle Patterson (return specialist) were named as alternates for the annual all-star game, scheduled to be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 28, 2018.
Mack has been selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl after earning the honor in 2015 and 2016 as well. He has started all 14 games this season and has recorded 77 tackles (56 solo), a team-leading 10.5 sacks (75.5 yards), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a career-high five passes defensed. Mack has notched two multi-sack performances in 2017, and is currently on a five-game sack streak, the longest active streak in the NFL. While his 10.5 sacks on the year rank ninth in the league, his six since Week 11 are tied for the most in the NFL. With his most recent two-sack performance in Week 15, Mack has now totaled double-digit sacks for the third consecutive season, becoming just the fifth Raider in club history to accomplish the feat since sacks became an official stat in 1982. Additionally, Mack is one of just three defenders league wide to do so in each of the last three seasons.
Hudson, Osemele and Penn anchor one of the most dominant offensive lines in the league. This is the second straight year the three have been selected to the Pro Bowl, giving Hudson and Osemele two selections each and Penn three selections after earning his first nod in 2010. Oakland’s offensive line has excelled in pass protection this year, as the unit is tied for the fourth fewest sacks allowed in the NFL, yielding just 21, and rank fifth in sacks surrendered per attempt, conceding a sack on just 4.2 percent of passing attempts. The Raiders’ 115 yards lost due to sacks is the third fewest in the league. The line has also helped pave the way for the offense to rush for at least 100 yards in eight contests this season.