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Good Morning Broncos Country! It appears Mile High Report was right about Marshawn Lynch. He’s an old running back.

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So after the Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders on Sunday and gave Derek Carr the Tony Romo injury, it is time for some good old-fashioned trash talk. This trash talk will be mainly directed at Levi Damien of the Raiders SB Nation site Silver and Black Pride who took a shot at us a few weeks ago on our stance on Marshawn Lynch.

He wrote a story titled, “What they got wrong about the Raiders”. I would show you the original tweet, but after some good-natured trolling on Twitter by yours truly, they decided to delete that tweet for whatever reason. So here’s their story tweeted out by another Raiders fan blog.

In this story, Damien goes on about what people got wrong right about the Oakland Raiders this season. One topic they focused on was how we were all wrong about Marshawn Lynch sucking in 2017 and called out Mile High Report’s Tim Lynch in the process. Here’s what he had to say.

But no one doubled down on Marshawn Lynch being trash quite like Mile High Report. Their opinion on the Raiders adding Lynch is downright comical. They literally begged the Raiders to get Lynch.

“I hope they sign [Marshawn Lynch]. Lynch was not very good in his final season, averaging a full yard per carry less than the previous season at just 3.8 yards per carry. He is now heading to 31 years old and most of us are well aware of the age wall running backs experience.”

What writer Tim Lynch neglects to mention is that in Marshawn’s final season he was playing through injury, eventually shutting it down after seven games. Or that his final full season he ran for 1306 yards and 13 touchdowns averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Or that he was behind one of the worst offensive lines in football, forcing him to average two yards per carry AFTER contact.

Apparently, Tim’s opinion on Lynch was “downright comical”. This is an opinion I agreed with and now with a quarter of the season in the books, it looks like MHR was 100% correct about Lynch.

After four games, Marshawn Lynch has totaled 45 carries for 151 yards and only has 1 touchdown. That averages out to a measly 3.4 yards per carry. He’s also coming off a game against the Broncos where he totaled just 12 yards on 9 carries. That’s a pathetic 1.3 yards per carry against the Broncos run defense. His longest run of the game was just four yards.

Now that’s downright comical.

What I also found comical was Damien’s statement about how Lynch played hurt during his final season in Seattle and “only” averaged 3.8 yards per carry. Well now, he’s completely healthy by all accounts and playing behind one of the better offensive lines(so they say) in the league, but is only averaging 3.4 yards per carry.

Yikes.

Now it doesn’t end there. After we mocked their old running back, he went after our veteran and joked about a story by MHR’s Ian St. Clair that stated the Broncos could have the best running back duo in the NFL with C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles.

Yes, we all know the proverbial wall running backs hit. That wall is said to occur at or just after age 30. But Lynch was 29 in his final season. That age 30 wall is based more on wear and tear than age specifically and Marshawn has gone nearly two years without any wear and tear.

But, hey, if that’s your general opinion on older running backs, fine. So, what do you expect happened when the Broncos signed Jamaal Charles? You guessed it, they were all about it, going as far as to say the addition of Charles alongside CJ Anderson will give the Broncos the best duo in the NFL.

Well, the Broncos currently have the second most rushing yards in the NFL. They’re also averaging 143.0 yards rushing per game, which ranks 3rd best in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Raiders are ranked 24th in rushing yards and rushing yards per game

Now, let's compare Jamaal Charles’s season and Marshawn Lynch’s season's side by side.

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Player Attempts Yards Touchdowns YPC Receptions Yards Touchdowns
Player Attempts Yards Touchdowns YPC Receptions Yards Touchdowns
Marshawn Lynch 45 151 1 3.4 1 4 0
Jamaal Charles 33 175 1 5.3 3 21 0

It’s rather obvious that Charles has been the much better back between the two through the first quarter of the NFL season.

So in the end, Tim Lynch and Mile High Report were 100% right about Marshawn Lynch. He’s old, washed up, and brought in to make the local Oakland fans forget that the team is leaving to Vegas in a few years.

Go Broncos!

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