They have all the tools — a powerful offensive line and a big-name running back — so why haven’t the Oakland Raiders been able to establish the run game in the last two weeks?
That’s complicated, said offensive coordinator Todd Downing on Thursday.
“I think it’s been some situational stuff,” he told reporters. “I think it’s been a little bit of misfortune, a little bit of misdirection, and I can certainly call it better.”
You could point to the fact they played the best defense in the league last week in the Denver Broncos, or that they got blown out by Washington and didn’t have the freedom to run it. Sunday, they face the league-average Baltimore Ravens.
“We look forward to seeing what Marshawn [Lynch] can do this week and watch our offensive line be physical,” Downing said.