Marshawn Lynch has been a non factor for the Raiders in the two games prior to Sunday’s matchup with the Dolphins. Lynch was ejected and suspended for shoving an official in the Raiders win over the Chiefs.
But in his return, Lynch finally made his presence felt in the silver and black.
Lynch rushed 14 times for 57 yards, not a stunning total. But enough to complement Derek Carr, which is all the Raiders have needed. Something to keep defenses honest.
The Raiders went to Lynch early, giving him four carries on the opening drive. But it wasn’t until the second half when Lynch really made his presence known.
On 3rd and two from the 22 yard line Lynch made a linebacker miss at the line of scrimmage, then dashed to the endzone for his first touchdown since week five.
He helped seal the game with his second score of the game on a nice cutback from the three yard line.
A thing of beauty.
Marshawn punches it in to put us up by two scores. It's his first multi-TD game since 2014. pic.twitter.com/MwVqRulckv
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 6, 2017
The 57 yards is Lynch’s third highest total of the season, as he has not found much success in Oakland. He has yet to break the 100 yard mark in a game, and had just 266 yards for the season entering Sunday’s game.
If Lynch can become a consistent a threat, the Raiders offense might be able to get rolling. But even in this performance, Lynch was still hit behind the line of scrimmage frequently. The offensive line has not provided any push for the running game.
The Raiders kept their slim playoff hope alive with the win over the Raiders. The 27-24 victory puts the Raiders in second place in the AFC West and within 1.5 games in the wild card chase.
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