Marshawn Lynch may not have had the sizzling debut he had hoped for Sunday against the Tennessee Titans – 76 yards on 18 carries – but he hardly disappointed either.
Acting as the Oakland Raiders “closer,” the 31-year-old running back ran over Jurrell Casey (listed at 6-foot-1, 305 pounds) in classic “Beast Mode” fashion to help preserve the Raiders 26-16 win in Tennessee.
The run prompted CBS broadcaster Tony Romo – who also had a strong debut – to say: “Boom! I’m back, baby! I’m ‘Beast Mode!'”
For the game, Lynch finished with a healthy 76 yards on 18 carries and one reception for 16 yards. It had been 666 days since he last played a regular-season NFL game. But it looked like the same old punishing Lynch on his run over Casey.
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