Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch returns to Oakland for a first time as a professional. But when asked about his affinity for the Raiders growing up, Lynch didn’t have much to say.
“The anticipation of going back is huge,” he said. “But like I said before, it’s a business trip. You still have to go ahead with a clear mind, stay focused and not let outside things – as far as I’m going to have family attending the game – play a factor in this.”
Lynch has had a measurable impact on his new team. In four games before the trade with Buffalo, Seattle averaged 79.5 yards a game on the ground. In the past two games with Lynch, Seattle is averaging 127.5 yards a contest.
That’s bad news for the Raiders, who are giving up an average of 139 yards per game on the ground.
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Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com profiles kicker Olindo Mare, who jokes that he should send Jim Mora a Christmas Card. Mare hasn’t missed a kick, 30 consecutive overall, since Mora called his effort unacceptable after he missed two kicks in the team’s loss to Chicago last year.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers these photos from the Arizona game.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is leaning on is rookies in the secondary, a philosophy he developed while at USC.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that the resurrection of receiver Mike Williams’ career continues.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com tells us about the interesting matchup that will occur between Mike Williams and Nnamdi Asomugha.
According to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Seneca Wallace believes he should be the starting quarterback for Cleveland now that his ankle has healed.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post has an interesting breakdown of a Green Bay red zone play that could also work for Seattle in a similar situation.
Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network explains why defenseless hits will continue to be an issue in Cover 2 defense. It’s a nice breakdown and worth a look.
Yahoo Sports breaks down the early playoff scenarios heading into Week 7, and they include Seattle.
Steve Corkran of the Oakland Tribune writes that quarterback Bruce Gradkowski missed another practice, so it looks like Jason Campbell will be the guy for the Raiders on Sunday.
Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle writes with Louis Murphy out with a bruised lung, young receivers Jacoby Ford, Johnnie Lee Higgins and Darrius Heyward-Bey will have to step up and make plays.