The Autumn Wind is a pirate. And Beast Mode is back. The Raiders went on the road and beat a good Titans team in their house. And we got an answer to that all-time question about rest versus rust. In the case of Marshawn Lynch, there was no such thing as rust.
He took his first carry in nearly 20 months for 14 yards off tackle. And you know as soon as he did that, Raider Mike and his crew on the Raider forums had to be freaking out about Beast Mode in the silver and black. And not just wearing the colors, but wearing out dudes.
The truth is, nobody really had any idea what to expect from a running back who took off all of last season, but I didn’t see much rust at all. What I did see was a dude accounting for 92 total yards and absolutely trucking 300-pounders.
In the words of Tony Romo, WHO DOES THAT? Lynch just lowered his shoulder and flattened a who goes three bills plus. And not some fatty in the middle, Jurrell Casey is a two-time Pro Bowler. WHO DOES THAT? And who does that after taking a year off?
And if you think seeing a running back run through a 300-pounder’s face doesn’t have an impact on the rest of the offense, think again. Or just ask Derek Carr, who had a big game of his own: “We got to see that Marshawn is Marshawn. He’s running through people, and he’s going to make it a pain on them to tackle him. You’ve got to earn it if you’re going to tackle him.”
Or Amari Cooper: “Man, he’s such boost. You saw that play where he ran a guy over? Probably five times bigger than he was? It gets everybody hyped.”
Cooper went on to say, “Every time you know he’s about to get the ball, you’re watching, because you know something amazing is going to happen.”
Again, that’s Amari Cooper, one of the freakiest receivers in the league and he’s saying that he’s awestruck and hyped every time Lynch gets the ball.
I’m not going to say the Raiders are back, because they just picked up where they left off last year. But one game in, they’ve picked up in an even better spot thanks to Beast Mode.
Marshawn, you’re great. And I can’t believe we all survived without you. Welcome back. Please never leave us again.