From the time running back Marshawn Lynch became an Oakland Raider, he has run extremely hard. He has run over linebackers, defensive lineman, whoever is in his way. He is among the league’s leaders in yards after contact and forced missed tackles.
But for the first 11 weeks of the season, the Raiders didn’t commit to the run. So he wasn’t able to produce much with his nine carries per game during that time.
Then in Week 12 against the Denver Broncos, the Raiders finally committed to the run. But the Broncos have a tough run defense so Lynch had 26 carries to get just 67 yards.
Then came Week 13 against the New York Giants, whose run defense isn’t as tough. And with the pressure on the Raiders being without receivers Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, Lynch went over 100 for the first time as a Raider to help his team get a needed win.
Lynch’s day really got started when on his third carry he ran for a 51-yard touchdown run on a 3rd-and-1. On the play, Lynch looked like he may have hurt himself so there was reason to question if he would come back in the game. But with offense stalling without him, he indeed came back.
Late in the game he would grind out some of those critical yards to move the chains and win the game. Lynch ended up with 101 yards on 17 carries for the game to show another side of the Raiders.
When Cooper and Crabtree come back, opposing defenses will have much to worry about. Hopefully, offensive coordinator Todd Downing can use all of his weapons to make the run they need to make the playoffs.