Titans vs Raiders: Marcus Mariota, Marshawn Lynch return to form

Titans vs Raiders: Marcus Mariota, Marshawn Lynch return to form

Let's start at the top (off the field); When the Raiders announced they were bringing in Ken Norton Jr. to be defensive coordinator I had high expectations; I loved the player that he was on the field and looked forward to him bringing some of that intensity to the Raiders.

The NFL just wasn't the same without Marshawn Lynch. But it was too little, too late as Carr and the Raiders would feature a heavy dose of Beast Mode to drive down the field. Lynch racked up 76 rushing yards and averaged 4.2 yards per carry on the afternoon. But looking at it in a micro world?

While it was a successful start for Lynch and the Raiders, the guy who's known as "Beast Mode" might have had flashbacks at the end of the first quarter.

Janikowski was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, but the move still comes as a bit of a surprise after Janikowski was able to practice throughout the week on a limited basis. And yes, the Raiders tweeted out the video, with the descriptor: Can't.

After Lynch picked up a first down on fourth-and-1 inside the Titans 5, the Raiders didn't give him the ball again with Carr throwing three straight passes to Cooper. To that, the quarterback only had nice words for Lynch, whose colorful personality was noted by Carr in the interview. "I'm good right?" Lynch said to laughter before closing the door and leaving. "He did right, so that was my fault".

Cooper made two catches for 14 yards on the opening drive, but this short touchdown catch was anything but easy.

One thing to note, however, is that Cincinnati will be without CB Adam Jones (one-game suspension) and LB Vontaze Burfict (three-game suspension).

They are accommodating him as much as embracing him.

"That was probably the turning point of the game was the fact we couldn't score touchdowns in there", quarterback Marcus Mariota said.

He was too busy enjoying his new surroundings after sitting out a year ago in retirement.

Lynch ran like the guy who keyed Seattle's offense during its Super Bowl season in 2013.

By the time Downing got his start in the National Football League as a public relations intern with Minnesota at age 20 in 2000, LeBeau had already spent more than 40 seasons in the NFL. Well, maybe about 18. "He had a good performance". But is the chance for it to become a bad enough play to put your team in a 7-0 hole two minutes into the game a good enough reason not to try it?

That's part of Lynch's ethos, his face to the outside world.

The Raiders welcome the return of left tackle Donald Penn and his leadership skills in the locker room.

On his Monday morning broadcast on KCBS, former Raiders coach John Madden said Lynch's power begins in his knees.

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