Raiders Need To Get Marshawn Lynch Rolling Again

Is it time for the Raiders to get the wheels on ‘Beast Mode’ rolling again?

Marshawn Lynch has seen fewer carries in each of the first three weeks, though game situations are largely responsible for his usage and it’s no secret the coaching staff wants to limit Lynch’s carries to keep his 31 year-old legs fresh.

But if there’s a strange statistic right now, it’s the 3.9 yards-per-carry Lynch is averaging in his limited workload. Over the past two games, his average drops even more (3.5 yards per carry).

For reference, Latavius Murray averaged 4.0 yards-per-carry last year in Oakland.

What makes even less sense is that Lynch has looked good behind his 3.9 yards-per-carry. He certainly passes the eye test and according to Pro Football Focus, Lynch is breaking tackles like he’s 25 again.

So what’s the deal?

Hopefully, it’s just a lack of sample size. The Raiders have played only three games and everything seems worse after a loss – especially a loss like the Raiders achieved on Sunday night.

On Sunday, the Raiders travel to Denver for a pivotal contest that will drop one of the teams to third place in the AFC West. Last year, Latavius Murray was able to plow through the Broncos defense for three touchdowns and 114 yards on 20 carries.

Hopefully on Sunday, Lynch and the Raiders have it in them to order up more of the same.

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