Can Marshawn Lynch be in full Beastmode for the Raiders, and should it matter to Seahawks fans?
Let’s be generous with Mr. Lynch
And I mean, be really generous. Let’s say Oakland coach Jack Del Rio decides to sabotage the future of his franchise and really cut back on the playing time of his two young studs. He gives Lynch 250 carries. Even with those many carries he’d truly have to live in Beastmode to go over 1200 yards. On 250 carries, Lynch would have to average 4.96 yards per rush to reach 1,239 and beat his Seahawk average per game. He’s beaten that average once, in what was easily his best season, 2012. At the age of 31, I do not see Lynch having his best rushing average ever.
I can certainly see Lynch getting over 10 touchdowns. William “The Refrigerator” Perry scored three touchdowns his rookie season on just five carries and one reception. Touchdowns are a function of opportunity almost as much as talent. The touchdowns, sure. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him score 14. The Raiders are paying Lynch a lot of money so the Raider Nation can chant “Beeeeast Mode” as often as possible. It only makes sense to feature him at the goal line. Hope you’re reading that, Coach Bevell. That applies to Eddie Lacy this season.
No, I don’t see Lynch in full Beastmode this season. Effective, yes. I see about 200 carries, and with a year’s rest and a top five offensive line, maybe 4.3 yards per carry. That’s about 860 yards, with a dozen touchdowns. That’s an excellent season for a native son of the Silver and Black.