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OAKLAND – Marshawn Lynch did not have time to talk on Sunday, showing a paper notice she had recorded in her locker and explaining that he had to take a compulsory drug test by league.
He just said it in a much more colorful way, provoking laughter from the package of media that he had ingeniously managed to avoid once more.
The answer was a bit on the blue side for the mainstream media, as were his words of wisdom to Jalen Richard after he mishandled three punts.
"Solo (pip)", said Richard. "He told me," You're still a baller. You are still that guy. Do not even worry about that. "
It was Lynch early and Lynch late in a 24-17 victory over the New York Giants, and without him the Raiders would not be involved in a three-way tie at the top of the AFC West with a record of 6-6.
During a prolonged response on Lynch's influence came the appointment of Field Marshal Derek Carr.
"Marshawn has just taken control," Carr said.
AND think it was not that long ago, with the Raiders losing five of six games, that it was worth considering if exchanging with Lynch was even a good idea.
Lynch ran for 101 yards on 17 carries, scoring in a third 51 yards, and -1 pin to open the scoring.In the fourth quarter, when the raiders held on to a 10-7 lead, Lynch caught a short pbad from Carr's backyard and made it a win of 21 yards
Established a 9-yard run by DeAndre Wash ington and putting the Raiders in control of the game.
Lynch had run twice for nine yards on the Raiders' first two shots before Carr looked over the defense and checked for another run in third and 1.
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"We were able to get into that the right way we wanted to execute it," Carr said. "We executed the energy plan: the linebacker from the rear came in. Security fit on the same side and Marshawn was able to free himself."
It was the first 100-yard run game by a Raider this season, and Lynch's first since winning 122 yards on 27 carries on October 22, 2015. with the Seattle Seahawks against the 49ers.
Raiders linebacker NaVorro Bowman was on the opposite side of Beast Mode that day.
"To see him run down the road he has been running for so many years, I know exactly what the defense is facing," Bowman said. "That's a tough tackle."
For Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin, Lynch's teammate in Seattle, looks the same guy.
"That's right, there," Irvin said. "Practically a" do it all "guy, run the ball, catch out of the backfield, block, finally he's recovering his legs and he's showing himself, it shows."
Despite a promising start, with Lynch winning 76 yards In 18 carries against Tennessee in the first game, his style of game play just now begins to mesh with the Raiders. There was a mix of zone combinations with the gap and power game that the Raiders used last year.
Lynch has 558 rushing yards this season and his average yards per carry is 4.0 with six touchdowns.
In addition, there seems to be a difference with Lynch since he returned from a one-game suspension for leaving the bench and hitting an official while trying to play pacifist between his teammates and his close friend Marcus Peters, of the Chiefs.
"I have seen a little more energy in its pbadage," Del Rio said. "I can not speak for him, I only know what I see, it's been good, I welcome him, and we're making the most of it."
Lynch's previous long win was 25 yards, and Washington felt he was destined for bigger things against the Giants.
"I felt like I was going to have an 80-yard race today, and I was 50 (actually 51), so it was good," Washington said. "It was late, it was time for one of us to break that length and I was glad to open the seal and get in."
Both Washington and Richard have watched Lynch closely. They are usually fun and always polite.
"I mean, just be true to who you are, to your career style," Washington said. "Even if you're getting those 2 yards, it'll finally open up, run like that, and those plays will come when they arrive."
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Richard has relied on Lynch to advise him on patterned area plays that require patience and be aware of an internal clock as a sign of when to cut the ball.
He also saw Lynch meet with offensive line coach Mike Tice he has worked to mesh his style with that of his offensive line. And the results are improving.
"He's getting more into his rhythm," Richard said. "He's being him, man, he seems to have not lost the rhythm, we've seen starts like that all year, but he's definitely in an area right now."
With the Raiders in a deadlock heading to the final in the AFC West, having Marshawn Lynch in the stride is not a bad thing to have.