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Bears still have another level to reach, per Khalil Mack

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Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack has been recently listed as questionable ahead of their Week 2 matchup against the New York Giants. Despite his knee issues, the seven-year veteran insists that he will play on Sunday to give his squad an unblemished 2-0 record.

The Bears escaped with a tight 27-23 win against the Detroit Lions during their opening game due to a dropped touchdown pass by opposing rookie running back D’Andre Swift. Mack knows that they have to take their play up another notch as they face a young Giants squad.

“Everything has to be better,” he said. “We know what we’re capable of. It’s going to be another challenge this week going out against another great back [in the Giants’ Saquon Barkley]. It’s gonna be fun, though, man. We look forward to the challenge.”

The five-time Pro Bowler played 67 snaps and made four tackles but failed to sack Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford all throughout the game. He hopes to make better plays and limit Giants playmaker Daniel Jones under center during the team’s second outing.

Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano also reportedly blamed himself earlier this week for the miscues of the team’s defensive rotation. Mack expressed his disappointment in response and vows to be better in their coming games.

“It’s not up to me or anybody else to make excuses,” he said. “He took the blame. I’m gonna take the blame as well. It’s something that, yeah, that showing wasn’t our defense.”

Khalil Mack remains to be a cornerstone of the team’s defense and should play at his best if he wants his team to score their second win of the season.