but it may not be all bad news Last week the Raiders got their first win of the season in an overtime thriller against the Cleveland Browns. That may not have been a sentence you expected to read this season http://www.oaklandraidersteamonline.com/rodney-hudson-jersey , but here we are. That win lifted them from the group of winless teams of which there were only two along with the Cardinals.This week the Raiders lost to the Chargers, while the Cardinals lifted themselves from the land of the winless by beating the crippled 49ers.That leaves no team in the NFL without a win this season and once again ties the Raiders for the NFL’s worst record at 1-4.Currently there are six one-win teams in the NFL — the Colts, Giants, Falcons, Cardinals, 49ers, and Raiders.The good news for the Raiders is three of the other five one-win teams are coming up soon on the Raiders’ schedule and the combined record of the teams they face the next five games is 8-17.Next week they face the 2-3 Seahawks in London, then after the bye week it’s the Colts and 49ers back-to-back on a short week Authentic Derek Carrier Jersey , the Chargers again, and then the Cardinals. That gives the Raiders a chance to claw their way out of the cellar. Though if they hope to save anything more than pride, they would need to win all the games against one-win teams and take at least one from either the Seahawks or Chargers to reach 5-5 after ten games. Just beating the fellow one-win teams would mean going 3-2 over that stretch and give them a 4-6 record heading into a brutal home stretch.The final six games of the Raiders season current feature teams that boast a combined record of 19-8-1. There is only one losing team in the bunch and it’s the 2-3 Broncos who already beat the Raiders once this season.That loss to the Chargers was devastating. Beating the one-win teams would be a good start to salvaging something of this season. Even if things look bleak over the course of the entire season.Follow @LeviDamienHeart and soul is a good thing to have on a football team but you actually have to use it When Jon Gruden became the head coach of the Oakland Raiders again, one of the first things he did was challenge running back Marshawn Lynch. Remember the conversation he told superfan Ahmed he had with Lynch?“We’re not going to have that,” Gruden said. “No. I said to him: ‘I need Marshawn Lynch. I don’t need this part-time Lynch. I need full-time Lynch. We need the real deal. If you’re going to put those letters on the back of your jersey, man, you’ve got to back it up, Marshawn—right? We don’t need another back Jordy Nelson Jersey , we need a feature back.” So Lynch does just that and his reward is Gruden trying to get a washed-up Doug Martin on the field. All Gruden can talk about is how Martin was once an All-Pro but that was just one year. Forget about him averaging 2.9 yards per carry the previous two years, four yards per carry or more for only two of his seven seasons and sitting on 3.7 YPC this season. Most of his carries this year are a wasted running play that could have went to Lynch.Currently, Lynch has 331 yards rushing (10th) with 275 of it coming after contact (3rd). His average is 4.3 yards per carry with 3.57 of it after contact. Compare that to 3.7 yards per carry and 2.44 after contact for Martin. Yards after contact are at a premium with the Raiders these days because the offensive line isn’t opening too many holesWith all those yards after contact, Lynch gets stronger as the game goes on. Last year, he averaged around 11 carries per game in the first half of it and produced 3.8 yards per carry. In the second half of the season, Lynch averaged 17 carries per game to average 4.5 yards per carry. Over the last five games that year, he had 434 yards, (4th in the league) averaging 17 carries per game and 5.2 yards per carry. Then this year Authentic Rashaan Melvin Jersey , Lynch comes off 130 yards on 20 carries and being a top-5 rusher after four games to have Gruden give him only nine carries. And of course there was the play quarterback Derek Carr threw an interception at the 1-yardline with Lynch ready to go Beastmode. That can’t happen with Lynch playing against the Seattle Seahawks, his former team, right? “He had a lot to do, I think, with the Super Bowl ring that the Seahawks wear,” Gruden said Friday. “He was the heart and soul of that team. In a lot of ways he’s the heart and soul of the Raiders right now. He’s still running with that incredible physicality, he’s been durable, he’s practiced every day Youth Kolton Miller Jersey , behind the scenes he’s one of our leaders. He’s a little bit misunderstood by a lot of people, but believe me if you were coaching a football team, he’d be one of the first guys you’d want on your team.”He had a lot to do, I think, with the Raiders winning the one game they won in 2018. And giving the heart and soul of your team just nine carries and three catches just isn’t enough. So it’s time to treat Beast Mode like the heart and soul and give him the rock. The Seahawks are No. 29 in the NFL against the run, giving up 4.7 YPC right now to the Raiders need to give Lynch a chance to get at his old team.
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