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Week 4 vs. MIA
Rushing: 8 / 4 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 43 / 0 on 6 targets
Lynch returned from his three game suspension and spent much of the game shaking off the rust. On the ground, Lynch never got anything going, but he reminded us how dangerous he can be after the short catch, with a couple of 23 yard catch and run receptions. Too often though, Edwards got him the ball in situations where he had no room to run --- he had no chance on his other receptions, which totalled a whopping -4 yards. It appeared that the Bills wanted to give Lynch the ball more, but once he proved ineffective, they went back to Jackson. Look for the 50-50 time share with Jackson to continue for now, with Lynch getting more receiving opportunities.
Week 5 vs. CLE
Rushing: 17 / 69 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 56 / 0 on 6 targets
Lynch looked great to start, with 36 yards on his first five carries, but stalled after that. He broke a 35 yard gain on a nice catch and run that hit him in stride, allowing him to pull away from the coverage. It was one of the few bright spots for the Buffalo offense, and a reminder of how potent a threat Lynch poses when given the opportunity.
Week 6 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 19 / 61 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 11 / 0 on 3 targets
Lynch ground it out, absorbing a lot of punishment behind a line that wasn't controlling in the line of scrimmage. He was picking and sliding along the line to find what was there, and always taking more than one man to bring him down. Lynch got a few receptions out of the backfield, but the Jets great pursuit didn't allow him to break any big gains. He did get one carry inside the 10, and one would have to assume that when this offense gets in goal-to-go situations, Lynch will get the call.
Week 7 vs. CAR
Rushing: 17 / 40 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 1 targets
Lynch found no room to run on most of his carries, but his cuts were crisp and powerful, and he still often made the first tackler miss or hang on while his teammates came over to finish the play. He got the goal to go carries on two drives, easily converting an early TD by seeing the cutback and walking in the end zone. His TD was scored on a very short field after a turnover. It's a little troubling that the Bills never got a consistent push at the line of scrimmage, but Lynch still looks as good as ever, and he has emerged as the clear lead back in this offense.
Week 8 vs. HOU
Rushing: 9 / 43 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 6 / 0 on 5 targets
For stretches in week 8 Lynch looked as good as he has all season running hard and bouncing off tacklers. The takeaway though is that Lynch is working his tail off for every yard he gains, nothing is coming easy. He was able to break off his longest run of the season (14 yards) during this game. He finished the game with just 49 total yards on 12 touches. Lynch needs more touches if he is to be utilized correctly. Lynch is a viable RB2, but needs some O-Line help if he is going to have a breakout effort.
Week 10 vs. TEN
Rushing: 9 / 37 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 18 / 0 on 6 targets
You can't fault Lynch for this loss. He gave 110% effort on every touch, often requiring gang tackles to stop his forward progress. He saw the holes well and burst through them, then fought and struggled for every inch once he was met. Lynch also caught passes with soft hands out of the backfield. His best run on the day was called back by a penalty. He will struggle to have better than adequate flex value as long as the Bills insist on splitting the workload with Fred Jackson right down the middle.
Week 11 vs. JAX
Rushing: 8 / 18 / 0
Lynch found very little room to fun in the first half, and his game ended prematurely when he hurt his shoulder after fumbling the ball away. He dropped a short bullet from Fitzpatrick, but otherwise was not involved in the passing game. Lynch is unlikely to get anywhere near last year's level of production while sharing with a productive Jackson behind an offensive line that last two more players for the year in this game.
Week 12 vs. MIA
Rushing: 3 / 6 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 9 / 0 on 1 targets
Lynch was barely on the field in the game, and when he was, he sometimes looked sluggish and indecisive. Lynch flashed the speed to get the edge and good toughness on a few touches, but he probably deserves the demotion to backup. He's still very young and Lynch's best football is ahead of him, but he will have to earn his touches. He is droppable in shallow leagues.
Week 13 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 6 / 60 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 1 targets
Lynch didn't get many opportunities in this game as the Bills decided to go with Fred Jackson as their starter. But the Bills former starting tailback busted a 39 yard run, off tackle, (his longest of the season) and on the very next play, he ran off tackle again scoring from 15 yards out, as he rammed through poor tackling and received a picture perfect block from WR Lee Evans on the outside.
Week 14 vs. KC
Rushing: 12 / 84 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 10 / 0 on 3 targets
Lynch was sometimes too hesitant, like on a 3rd down reception in Chiefs territory that he couldn't turn into a first down, and he also missed a few good cutback lanes. He did find the cutback outside to make a 47-yard run, sprung by a Fitzpatrick block, and he also got yards after contact with strong leg drive, stiff arms, and plain old mean running. His somewhat plodding style has made him second fiddle to Fred Jackson's smart running, but Lynch's best football is still ahead of him.
Week 15 vs. NE
Rushing: 8 / 25 / 0
The bulk of the workload went to Fred Jackson once again as Lynch received 8 carries to Jackson's 15. His first carry was a nice 12-yard run up the gut, where Vince Wolfork was missing. Three of his eight carries came on the Bills first scoring drive where he racked up 19 of his 25 yards rushing. The once promising RB is simply being phased out of the Bills plans with the emergence of Jackson.
Week 16 vs. ATL
Rushing: 3 / 3 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 13 / 0 on 2 targets
Lynch barely got to touch the ball because of the lack of sustained drives by the Bills. He had a drop, but also showed good burst and tackle-breaking ability as a receiver when he did secure the catch. Lynch had little room to run on his few carries. He is a lot better than his meager production this year would indicate, but it might be a while until he's in an offense that can take advantage of his talents.
Week 17 vs. IND
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 2 / 0 on 2 targets
Lynch got in for the second drive, got stopped for no gain, then was targeted on two short passes, catching one for almost no gain, and he wasn't heard from again on Fred Jackson's big day.