The first member on this list is Khalil Mack. Mack is an NFL-wide known name at the linebacker/defensive end position. He is also a 2021 NFL Pro Bowl selection, the only Bears defensive member selected to the game.
Mack has a team-leading nine sacks on the year for 64 yards. He has 50 tackles of which 15 of them are for a loss. As a linebacker, he has three passes defended and one interception. He adds two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles as well.
Khalil Mack alone is enough to disrupt a defense, but the Bears’ defense is probably the best thing about them. For the Saints to pull off a first-round playoff win, they are going to have to own the line and not let Mack get to Brees.
They also can’t allow Mack behind the line to get to Kamara before he gets the opportunity to break the outside and get up the field. A lot will be riding on how well the offensive line can combat the forces of Khalil Mack.