2. Marshawn Lynch
Last time these two teams met, Lynch opened with carries of 15, 4, 5, and 5 yards, and I was sure the Raiders would never need to throw again. Luckily, Carr was a turnover machine, and the Bolts escaped with a win. This time around, I could see the Raiders taking a page out of the Chiefs’ playbook and employing a slow-death-by-running approach to beat the Chargers.
Last week, without Denzel Perryman and Corey Liuget, the Chargers gave up 19 carries for 145 yards to Bilal Powell. It feels as if every game the Bolts give up massive plays to backs, with notable runs like LeGarrette Blount’s game-sealing 68-yard run, and now a 57-yard run to Powell. Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams and Desmond King will lock up whatever is left of a sputtering Raiders’ pass offense. But this cannot happen:
There goes BEASTMODE! ?? pic.twitter.com/2UQsTusWIb
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) December 3, 2017
The Chargers are in for a long New Year’s Eve if they cannot stop the one they call “Beast Mode.”