Raiders improve to 2-0 for first time since 2002
OAKLAND, Calif. — Marshawn Lynch’s Oakland homecoming turned into a dance party.
Lynch celebrated his first home game for his hometown team by running for a touchdown and delighting the fans with a lengthy sideline dance during the Raiders’ 45-20 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.
Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree as the Raiders improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2002.
Lynch ran for 45 yards on 12 carries, scoring on a 2-yard run late in the first half — he kept the ball and said after the game he plans to give it to his mother. Lynch generated perhaps even bigger cheers during a sideline dance that was shown on the videoboard during a stoppage in the fourth quarter.
“It got me fired up,” Oakland coach Jack Del Rio said. “You can see the pure passion that he has. These are his people. These are my people. He played well. I know he was really happy to have his first game go like that.”
The Jets (0-2) allowed 410 total yards — 180 on the ground.
“As a defense, our job is to stop the run,” said New York defensive tackle Kony Ealy. “It’s very frustrating to do that. Nobody to blame but ourselves. We’ve got to look in the mirror and stop that problem ourselves.”