DO THE RAIDERS HAVE A MARSHAWN ISSUE?
The Raiders incredible come from behind win over the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football in Oakland had plenty of drama. It saved their season. It may be the moment that turns their season around. The final drive was epic. But there's still the fallout from that Marshawn moment losing his %@#! the Raiders have to deal with.
While some reports had Marshawn Lynch leaving the stadium before the end of the game, those reports appear to be false. Lynch was spotted in the stands watching the game play out. He did join his teammates in the locker room after the win as well.
Later that night, Lynch was spotted on public transporation with his cousin Marcus Peters, apparently chanting "F$%@ the Chiefs!" in true beast mode fashion. It was Peters by the way, who's close with Lynch, who blasted Quarterback Derek Carr that started the scrum. Lynch was believed to be trying to get Peters to the sideline to protect him.
Lynch's ejection was not for joining into the melee, but for making contact with line judge Julian Mapp. That horrendous error in judgment not only hurt the Raiders in the moment, but at the end of the game. How nice would it have been for the Raiders to have 1st and goal from the 1-yard line with Lynch either as a decoy or primary option? Yes they wound up with the win. Had the Raiders lost in that situation, his absence would have looked even worse.
Now the Raiders have to figure out if they can reel him and his emotions in going forward. To this point, Lynch has been far from in Beast Mode. He had just 2 carries for 9 yards before his ejection. On the season, he has 70 carries for 257 yards and 2 TD's, averaging just 3.7 yards per carry. His 42.8 yards per game is on pace for the 2nd lowest average of his career.