The Oakland Raiders have been nothing short of fun to watch during the early goings of the 2017 NFL season. With an explosive offense and a passable defense so far, the Raiders look poised to take the AFC West title this year.
Oakland got a major energy boost in their Week 2 matchup against the New York Jets from Marshawn Lynch. Lynch, an Oakland native, fired up the crowd at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum with his power running style and sideline dance celebrations.
Heading into Week 3 against the Raiders, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was complementary of the running back according to Scott Bair of NBC Sports:
It really looks rusty, I’ll tell you,” Gruden said sarcastically on a Wednesday conference call. “No, he’s fun to watch. I don’t like to say that about other people, but it’s actually fun and terrifying to watch him at the same time. It’s no fun to go against him. The way he runs is a great example for the young running backs that we have, especially with how he protects the ball and the physicality he runs with.”
Despite being 31 years old, Lynch has proven that he is more than capable of still playing in the NFL. After an injury-riddled 2015 NFL season, Lynch appears to be healthy and ready for a larger role within the Raiders’ offense.
Washington should provide a difficult challenge for Oakland as they also have a dangerous offense led by Kirk Cousins. Fans should expect a shootout between the two teams come game time.