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The Oakland Raiders' defense has been absolutely abysmal without Khalil Mack, but one crazy stat shows perfectly just how bad Oakland's stop unit has been without their stud edge rusher.


Halfway through the regular season, the entire Oakland Raiders defense has only been able to muster seven sacks. That's pretty bad, but to put that in perspective, there are 10 players in the NFL that have at least seven sacks by themselves.

The Broncos have two players with more individual sacks than the Raiders (Von Miller and Bradley Chubb) and sack leader Danielle Hunter (11.5 sacks) is on his way to lapping the Raiders. 

The Raiders haven't been anything near fantasy relevant this season, but I think it's safe to say that they shouldn't even be considered as a streaming option at this point.  


The Raiders clearly have a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the ball once the season is over, but there is hope on the horizon. Oakland now owns three picks in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft thanks to the trades they've made this season. If they're smart with those picks, they could have a semi-respectable defense in the future. 


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