The Oakland Raiders 2017 season started off with a win over the Titans as the defense asserted itself and the offense showed it has new toys to play with.
If you looked around the NFL leading into Week 1, you started to see many people ready to turn on the Oakland Raiders in 2017. After a 12-win season a year ago, some thought that the hype train had gone too far. In their season-opener on the road against the Tennessee Titans, the Raiders showed that the hype was just right.
Playing across the country, Oakland not only looked like the same 12-win team from the 2016 season, but perhaps a better version. New additions to the offense proved to be beneficial while the defense showed great flashes that many were doubtful would show up this year.
Following such a great performance, let’s speak the truth about the Raiders in Week 1, touching on various points and players. Fittingly, we’ll begin with a native son making his debut in the silver and black.
Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch
All offseason long — since the rumor was leaked by Greg Papa on the Raiders flagship station 95.7 FM The Game — football fans have awaited the return of Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch. In true Lynch-ian fashion it was time to run through someone’s face
And when all 5-10, 215 pounds of the pride of Oakland had his first beast moment, he ran through 305-pound Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and put the man flat on his back.
To his credit, Casey took it on the chin and owned it:
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