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Don't blame Marshawn Lynch for the Raiders running problems

Marshawn Lynch’s debut for the Raiders has been a disappointment. Lynch has struggled to get rolling and had made more headlines for his dancing, kneeling and fighting than he has for his play.

He has played in 8 of  9 games this season and has just 323 yards rushing. His 3.8 yards per carry and 40.4 yards per game are tied for the second lowest mark of his career.

Lynch and the Raiders running game has been so ineffective that a 84-yard performance (57 from Lynch), had Jack Del Rio pleased with the run game against the Dolphins on Sunday.

“I think we had a few negative runs that took away what was largely an effective running night,” Del Rio said. “I thought we had a pretty solid night running the ball. We had the attempts I was looking for. I wanted to get upwards of 30 attempts in that game. Talked about it with the team the night before, that we wanted to get a good number of attempts. I thought, overall, it was solid. There are some things we’ve got to clean up and will, but overall I thought it was solid.”

The Raiders 21.4 rushing attempts per game ranks last in the NFL. Their 87.6 yards per game ranks 26th in the league.

But the faulty running game is not Lynch’s fault. The offensive line has not been creating room to run for Lynch or any of the Raiders backs.

Lynch had 57 yards in Sunday’s win; he had 60 yards after contact, per Pro Football Focus.

Lynch is hit in the backfield all the time. Sometimes he actually makes it to the line of scrimmage before a defender gets a shot to bring him down.

Even on his 22-yard touchdown run, Lynch has to break a tackle at the line of scrimmage to get free.

The Raiders offense has struggled with drops and sacks all season. But the biggest issue has been the non existent running game. As the Raiders cling to slim playoff hopes, they need to figure out how to get Lynch and running game rolling for the final seven games of the season.

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