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Raiders week 12 snaps counts vs Broncos: Marshawn Lynch sees season highs in snaps, carries to grind out win

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Last time the Raiders faced the Broncos, they got nothing going on the ground. The Broncos are one of the league’s top run defenses and they held the Raiders to 1.6 yards per carry. Among that was the worst numbers of the season for Marshawn Lynch who had 12 yards on 9 carries (1.3 ypc).

None of that mattered to the Raiders Sunday in Oakland. They were determined to get the ball to Marshawn and let him work. And with Broncos QB Paxton Lynch (no relation) unable to mount anything that resembled an offense, the Raiders were able to stick with Marshawn throughout the game.

In the end, Marshawn saw a season high 47 snaps (69%) and was able to run for 67 yards and a touchdown on a season high 26 carries. Something Derek Carr would like to continue.

“It definitely, definitely helps,” said Carr. “Marshawn – you all know him; he’s going to run hard regardless. We go back to week 1 against Tennessee, we all remember that run. He’s going to run it hard. We’ve just been able to hit some passes to soften the defense up. He’s been able to hit some holes and get the tough yards – plays that are 3-yards, turned into 7; plays that should be losses, he’s turning into 2-yard gains. That’s huge, especially with that the coaches call in certain situations. It definitely helps me to be able to turn around and hand it to somebody for 20, 25 times and just say alright I get a mental break for a second. Even though I’m looking at things for the pass game.”

Prior to this game, the most carries Marshawn had was 18 in the season opener. And the most snaps he saw was 37 (59%) in week nine in Miami which was his first game back from his one-game suspension for making contact with an official.

Since then, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said Marshawn has been a different player. He reiterated that following Marshawn’s performance against the Broncos.

“I️ feel like he’s come back with even more purpose, resolve, whatever it might be,” said Del Rio. “He’s come back operating in a way that I think is good for us. Very decisive and very purposeful about his running and his approach.”

On defense, on NaVorro Bowman saw every snap and he once again led the team in tackles (7) and had the Raiders’ first interception of the season. Sean Smith saw his most snaps since week five. There were signs he was working his way back into the coaches’ good graces last week. That continued this week. In turn, Obi Melifonwu saw just one snap in a four wide receiver set on the first Broncos’ series.