LONDON — One of the major pregame storylines didn’t turn into much by the time the game was over — Marshawn Lynch’s first game against his former team.
Seattle defeated Oakland 27-3 on Sunday, and Lynch had just 45 yards on 13 carries, with 28 coming after Seattle led 20-0.
Not that Oakland didn’t try early. On Oakland’s first possession, the Raiders handed the ball to Lynch three straight times. The result was just one first yard and a punt.
“We got the ball, we wanted to run three consecutive times, we wanted to get Marshawn going,’’ Oakland coach Jon Gruden said. “We ran three different types of runs and all three of them were rejected. We wanted to get him in the game. We wanted to get him established. That was the beginning of the game, and then after that, we were trying to make a first down and survive. It wasn’t pretty.’’
Indeed, Lynch had just 10 carries the rest of the game as the Raiders couldn’t get anything going against the Seattle defense.
The Raiders were hamstrung by a makeshift offensive line that included two rookies at tackle and had Oakland going with a third-string guard after an early injury to Jon Feliciano.
Stopping Lynch “was a point of emphasis,’’ said Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson.
Dominating up front turned out to be the key to stopping Lynch, he said.
“They were beat up and young and we know we had to take advantage of that,’’ Jefferson said. “There are not too many weeks you get to play against a young offensive line like that, so we knew we had to pin our ears back and be a big factor in it.’’
Said Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald: “Marshawn is one of the best to do it and he’s still dangerous. He can get loose at any moment. You’ve really got to play him the whole way down to the ground. There were a couple of times today, (there were) four, five or six guys jumping on him, all around his legs and he’s not going down. So you’ve really got to finish him off. To hold him to 45 yards is just a credit to the entire defense, all 11 guys.’’
What Lynch thinks about it is unknown. Lynch didn’t talk to the media at-large afterward but did give a brief interview to a radio reporter from Spain in which he said he hopes to get to Spain soon and maybe meet some of the women there.
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