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Week 1 vs. SEA
Rushing: 18 / 76 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 18 / 0 on 5 targets
Lynch looked like he was just warming up for the rest of the season. Playing in a hard rain seemed to slow him down some, but not as much as the defenders he was running against. In the early going, neither team could get anything going, but eventually he got loose in the second quarter and scored a 21 yard touchdown. It looked as though the Bills wanted to get him more involved in the passing game, but Edwards missed him one short throw that would have gone for a lot of yards, and he dropped another that would have been a sure first down.
Week 2 vs. JAX
Rushing: 19 / 59 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 1 targets
Lynch ran with authority against a strong Jaguar defensive line. He scored on an 11 yard trap up the middle in the first quarter, but the rest of the game was a grind. He gave as good as he got, and late in the game he even bounced a run outside and ran over LB Mike Peterson to get a first down. He is a good receiver and will usually be more involved in the passing game.
Week 3 vs. OAK
Rushing: 23 / 83 / 2
Receiving: 4 / 31 / 0 on 6 targets
Having now scored four times in the team's first three games, it's probably safe to say that Marshawn Lynch is off to a great start. He added two touchdowns in this game and played with the ferocious determination that made him a high first round pick a year ago. Early on, it was tough to find running lanes. So, he just made them himself. He was simply running over people to get his yardage. Then after displaying his power for awhile, he went back to his agility. His first touchdown run was outstanding, because he needed to not only withstand the potential punishment of a tackle, but he also had to somehow find a way to remain inbounds and stretch the ball over the pylon --- oh and have I mentioned that he had to do all of this while going into the end zone sideways? His second touchdown was just as impressive, though far less difficult. He simply powered it in from five yards out, but this time he brought the entire team with him. They got a great push up front, and nobody was keeping him out of the end zone on that one. He was simply piling up yardage on the game-winning field goal drive (4 carries, 19 yards), and finished up with 114 yards from scrimmage and the two scores.
Week 4 vs. STL
Rushing: 19 / 57 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 24 / 0 on 4 targets
Lynch had a down game for him, averaging just three yards a carry for 57 yards and no touchdowns, but he helped Buffalo control the game in the fourth quarter. He runs behind the biggest offensive line in the NFL and is able to stay quick late in games because of Fred Jackson.
Week 5 vs. ARI
Rushing: 13 / 55 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 10 / 0 on 3 targets
Lynch ran hard and showed good power, but was unable to get going against a defense that featured multiple defenders arriving at the same time to bring him down. While his numbers were modest, he never stopped running hard, and his touches were limited in the second half by a combination of turnovers and the resulting focus on the passing game after Buffalo fell behind by more than two touchdowns.
Week 7 vs. SD
Rushing: 19 / 70 / 1
Receiving: 4 / 22 / 0 on 5 targets
Lynch picked up a hard fought 70 yards while getting roughly two-thirds of the rushing split between he and Fred Jackson. Lynch was also used frequently used in the passing game. He was quietly efficient without putting up big stats until late in the game, when he scampered in untouched for a nine yard touchdown off the right tackle. The blocking for Lynch was superbly set up, as it was all game long especially by the receivers.
Week 8 vs. MIA
Rushing: 13 / 61 / 1
Receiving: 5 / 34 / 0 on 6 targets
While he only had three more carries than Jackson, Lynch scored a touchdown on a nifty eight yard run in the third quarter which staked the Bills to a 16---7 lead. He also caught five passes for 34 yards.
Week 9 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 9 / 16 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 52 / 0 on 4 targets
Lynch opened up the game strong, taking a screen pass for a big 52 yard gain, however retired to the sidelines shortly thereafter. Announcers got word that Lynch was feeling ill and had to be replaced by backup running back Fred Jackson. He was seen throughout the first half with a towel over his head however he did manage to return after halftime. On the day Lynch was only able to gain 16 yards on the ground as he found much more success through the air, catching three of his four targets for 52 yards.
Week 10 vs. NE
Rushing: 14 / 46 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
New England was determined to shut down the Bills' rushing attack so Lynch had to gain his 46 yards the hard way, literally inch by inch. So far this season, Lynch has failed to gain 100 yards in a game while averaging 3.6 yards per carry. He was expected to have an expanded role in the passing attack but was only targeted twice in this game and failed to catch either one.
Week 11 vs. CLE
Rushing: 23 / 119 / 0
Receiving: 10 / 58 / 1 on 11 targets
Lynch got off to a slow start but, started to heat up as the game went on, and had his best game of the season, topping a hundred yards rushing for the first time this season. Lynch caught a short pass about two yards past the line of scrimmage and made a couple of great cutbacks and powered his way into the end zone. The 18 yard touchdown reception was all on Lynch's ability and poor Cleveland tackling, as he made several defenders miss and got some nice down the field blocks. Lynch only had 36 yards on 11 carries but, led the team in receptions and receiving yards at halftime with five receptions for 36 yards.
QB Trent Edwards threw to his check down receiver a lot in the game as he had trouble finding receivers down the field and was probably a little gun shy after tossing three picks in the first quarter. Lynch caught another five passes in the second half for 22 yards and 83 yards on the ground as the Browns run defense wore down in the second half. Lynch had a 28 yard run that almost lead to a second touchdown on a powerful run but, he fell just short of the goal line. Edwards punched the ball in on the next play with a quarterback sneak. Lynch led the Bills in receiving as ten of Edwards completions went to him.
Week 12 vs. KC
Rushing: 20 / 79 / 1
Receiving: 5 / 25 / 0 on 5 targets
Lynch tied the score in the first quarter when he punched in a tough TD on fourth and goal. Four of his targets came in the first half as Edwards initially shied away from throwing downfield in favor dump off passes. Lynch ran hard and was able to break the initial tackle more than once and dragged tacklers down the field all afternoon. He was still in the lineup late in the fourth quarter.
Week 13 vs. SF
Rushing: 16 / 134 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 1 / 0 on 5 targets
Lynch had his best rushing performance of the season and his 50 yard burst in the third quarter helped set up the Bills' only field goal. His fumble late in the second quarter also led to San Francisco's' field goal just before half time.
Week 14 vs. MIA
Rushing: 13 / 31 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 3 targets
Lynch was held in check by the Miami defense. He also flat out dropped two passes right in his hands that would have picked up rare Buffalo first downs to keep drives alive. With three games to play, Lynch has rushed for 875 yards.
Week 15 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 21 / 127 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 13 / 0 on 6 targets
Lynch took a handoff and bulled his way through defenders in the first quarter, plowing downfield for a 35 yard gain. It was a sign of things to come, as all game the Jets were unable to tackle him. Lynch continued breaking tackles and making defenders miss throughout the game, and despite not scoring a touchdown, he contributed an impressive 127 yards rushing on 21 carries.
Week 16 vs. DEN
Rushing: 11 / 34 / 1
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Like the rest of the team, Lynch had trouble getting started, but late in the second quarter he ran two yards for a touchdown to bring Buffalo back to within a field goal. In the third quarter he injured his shoulder and did not return to the game. He stayed on the sidelines, however, with his arm in a sling. Late in the fourth quarter, when the Bills called a timeout, Lynch accompanied the trainers out on the field. He was seen talking to Fred Jackson, encouraging him, slapping him on the shoulder pads with his good hand. On the next play Jackson dashed eight yards for a touchdown. Lynch, a former number one draft choice, respects Jackson the hard work it took to make it all the way to the NFL as an undrafted free agent from tiny Coe College.