The Cleveland Browns are heading into Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders looking to grab their second win of the season with what could be a formidable challenge.
Among those priorities in the game plan against the Raiders defensively is limiting former Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams stated that his team has a tremendous amount of respect for what Lynch brings to the table even at this stage of his career. (h/t Josh Edwards of 247 Sports)
“I have tremendous respect for Marshawn Lynch. He is one of the best football players, running backs that in the 30 years I have been in the NFL have had a chance to see. He is a dominant running back football player. We have to do our job on trying to minimize the opportunities where it is one-on-one tackles because he pretty much still wins in the one-on-one tackles,” Williams said.
Lynch may be in the backend of his career, but he has continued to produce rushing for 170 yards on 48 carries with three touchdowns. He has been able to get into the end zone in each week while tallying more than 60 rushing yards in the last two games.
The 32-year-old may no longer be the same player he once was, he is still a physical presence on the field behind his running style that continues to make him a tough tackling assignment for any defender. The Browns have been able to hold up their end of the bargain against the run this year giving up just 3.7 yards per attempt. The hope is that the defensive front can create enough problems up front to limit the amount of workload that the Raiders give him.
Beyond that, this shows that Lynch still commands plenty of attention due to his bruising running style that has earned him a tremendous level of respect from opposing teams.