Lynch rushed 11 times for 67 yards in Sunday's 33-8 loss to the Patriots. He also added 10 yards on his one reception.
After only topping the 50-yard plateau once through the season's first five weeks, Lynch has 57 or more yards in three of his last four, the one exception being when he was ejected in Week 7. While he saw over half the carries in this contest and continues to be the Raiders' lead ball carrier, he still hasn't rushed more than 14 times in a game since Week 1. Given his relatively low ceiling at this point in his career, it will be tough to trust Lynch when the Raiders take on the Broncos in Week 12.
Lynch carried 14 times for 57 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 27-24 victory over the Dolphins.
Though quiet in the first half, Lynch came alive thereafter and ultimately finished the day with his first multi-touchdown performance since 2014. Arguably his biggest moment came on a trap play in the third quarter where Lynch dodged a number of defenders and scampered 22 yards for the score -- his longest gain of the season. Lynch's overall success on the ground was particularly impressive since the Dolphins entered the game allowing only 3.8 yards per carry, good for 10th in the league. He'll now get a week off to enjoy the Raiders' Week 10 bye before welcoming to town a Patriots defense that's surrendered 5.1 yards per carry.
DeAndre Washington took advantage of Lynch's absence during Sunday's 34-14 loss to the Bills, catching eight of 10 targets for 62 yards and a score and also adding 26 yards on six carries. It probably wasn't enough to alter the workload division in Oakland's backfield, where Lynch has been getting most of the early down carries while Washington and Richard handle passing downs and change-of-pace work. The trio draws a Week 9 matchup with a Miami run defense that started the season strong but has now allowed opposing backfields to produce at least 4.8 yards per carry in three straight games. Lynch figures to handle his usual role, which equated to 11.7 carries and 1.7 targets per game before he was ejected from a Week 7 win over the Chiefs.
The one-game suspension Lynch received for his unsportsmanlike conduct in the Raiders' Week 7 win over the Chiefs was upheld Tuesday by NFL appeals officer James Thrash, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Lynch will be unavailable for the Raiders' Week 8 matchup Sunday with the Bills.
The suspension stemmed from the physical conduct Lynch made with an official during the contest after the running back ran off the sideline and on to the field during a scrum that broke out between a group of Raiders offensive linemen and Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters, a close personal friend of Lynch's. Despite Peters testifying on Lynch's behalf, Thrash evidently reasoned that Lynch's bumping and grabbing of line judge Julian Mapp warranted the one-game ban. With Lynch sitting out Week 8, it's expected that Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington will split the snaps out of the backfield, as was the case following Lynch's ejection during the game against the Chiefs.
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.
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