Didn't think Marshawn Lynch was going to make an impact in his return to his hometown Oakland Raiders? His first few games of the season have nullified that point. When he hasn't been dancing on the sideline during blowout wins, Lynch has carried the ball to the tune of 3.9 yards per carry. He added his first touchdown of the season during a Week 2 win over the Jets, and he has provided a bruising presence that brings physicality to an already explosive Raiders offense.
Brandon Marshall and the Broncos' defense, who have held teams to a league-low 2.6 yards per carry, will do their best to slow down the 31-year-old running back. Marshall tallied 19 tackles in the first three weeks of the season and will need to help get Lynch down after initial contact. That's easier said than done, but if Marshall and the Broncos can contain Lynch's yards after contact, they'll set themselves up well.
Lynch is just one piece of this dangerous unit, but if Marshall and the Broncos can slow Lynch down, they'll be better poised to deal with the rest of the group. Take Lynch — and the boost he gives the rest of his teammates — out of the game, and the Broncos should be far better equipped to take down the Raiders and take an early lead in the division race. If Lynch gets going, though, it could be a long day in the Mile High City.