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Advanced Stats: How much does Marshawn Lynch have left in the tank?

Marshawn Lynch's one-game suspension for making contact with an official in the Raiders' Week Seven victory over the Chiefs on "Thursday Night Football" has been upheld.

Since Lynch won't play against the Bills, let's examine what Buffalo's run defense will be up against with other Oakland runners (Lynch's numbers are included below for comparison).

(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)

Figures listed are up to date for the 2017 regular season:

Marshawn Lynch

  • 72 carries
  • 3.7 yards per carry
  • 15 missed tackles forced
  • 2.85 yards after contact per rush
  • 0.85 yards before contact per rush

Jalen Richard

  • 35 carries
  • 4.5 yards per carry
  • 5 missed tackles forced
  • 1.94 yards after contact per rush
  • 2.57 yards before contact per rush

DeAndre Washington

  • 23 carries
  • 2.3 yards per carry
  • 5 missed tackles forced
  • 1.65 yards after contact per rush
  • 0.65 yards before contact per rush

On average, Lynch has forced a missed tackle every 4.8 rushes. Richard's figure is one every seven attempts, and Washington has forced a missed tackle every 4.6 carries.

The numbers indicate Lynch and Washington have either gotten little-to-no help from their offensive line or they've had issues making the first defender miss.

Where do Lynch's current 2017 figures stack up to recent years?

In 2014, he led the NFL with a mammoth 2.96 yards-after-contact-per-rush figure, and forced a missed tackle every 3.18 rushing attempt on average. The following season, Lynch finished 14th with a 2.65 yards-after-contact-per-rush average and forced a missed tackle every 3.82 carries.

Therefore, his current 2.85 yards-after-contact-per-rush average is up to his normal standards, but he hasn't been as efficient forcing missed tackles as he did in his final two seasons with the Seahawks.

Richard is more of a scat back, and Washington has a similar frame to Lynch. But don't get caught up on the former All-Pro's 3.7 yards-per-carry average. Lynch – although he hasn't been as outstanding as he was with Seattle – is still one of the better runners in football.

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