Lynch was handed a one-game suspension Friday for unsportsmanlike conduct in the Raiders' win over the Chiefs on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports. Lynch made contact with a referee during Thursday's game after running on the field from the sideline and was subsequently ejected from the contest. He's now set to miss the Raiders' Week 8 tilt against the Bills, paving the way for Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington to head the team's backfield. Lynch should settle back into the starting role during Oakland's Week 9 clash with Miami.
Lynch was ejected from Thursday's game against the Chiefs after shoving an official, Field Yates of ESPN reports. After seeing Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr take a questionable hit midway through the second quarter, Lynch ran from the sideline onto the field to support his signal-caller and ended up making contact with a referee, prematurely ending his night. The veteran back's return to the NFL has not gone as planned so far, as he has accumulated just 136 yards in his last four outings prior to Week 7 and is averaging only 3.7 yards per carry on the year. Lynch's role could also be threatened by Jalen Richard, who gathered four more carries and 21 more yards than Lynch prior to his ejection from Thursday's contest.
Lynch rushed for 63 yards on 13 carries during Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Chargers. He also failed to haul in either of his two targets from Derek Carr. Lynch posted a season-best 4.8 yards per carry during the Raiders' Week 6 loss, but his fantasy production was limited as he failed to find the end zone. The veteran rusher again out-touched Jalen Richard, Cordarrelle Patterson and DeAndre Washington, solidifying his status as the No. 1 option out of Oakland's backfield. Lynch's next matchup comes against a Kansas City unit that ranks in the bottom half of the league in terms of run defense, having just given up 179 yards on 32 carries to the Steelers' Le'Veon Bell.
Lynch had 12 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown and added one catch for 10 yards on two targets in Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Ravens. The Raiders clearly wanted to lean on their running game in Derek Carr's (back) absence, but Baltimore's dominance of possession limited Lynch's opportunities. Lynch pulled the Raiders within seven points when he scored from three yards out with about four minutes remaining in the third quarter, but he only got two more carries the rest of the game. With DeAndre Washington (hamstring) unavailable, Jalen Richard was nearly as busy as Lynch, taking nine carries for 37 yards. Lynch hasn't topped 12 carries or 50 rushing yards since Week 1, but a favorable Week 6 home matchup against a struggling Chargers run defense at least gives him a decent shot to get going.
Lynch carried six times for 18 yards during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Redskins. He also caught his lone target for eight yards. The entire Raiders team struggled Sunday and gained just 150 yards of offense by game's end, 32 of which came on the ground. While his workload was underwhelming, to say the least, no other player received more than two carries, so it's not as if he's losing his grip on the lead role. Unfortunately, things don't get any easier next week against a Broncos defense that limited Ezekiel Elliott to eight yards on nine carries in Week 2.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/19||New England Patriots||30||21.33|
|13||12/03||New York Giants||18||18.00|
|14||12/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||13||16.29|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.67|
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|3 Year Avg||130||574||5||17||149||1||105|