Raiders Just Got Better With Marshawn Lynch Signing: Odds Get Shorter

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Apr/26/2017

Marshawn Lynch is coming out of retirement to play for the Oakland Raiders, thus fulfilling their needs at the running back position.

Their odds of winning Super Bowl 52 were among the shortest at 12-1 as a result.

ESPN.com’s Paul Gutierrez asks the question:  Is this the same Beast Mode that played in Seattle prior to his retirement?

After all, Lynch last played in 2015, when he struggled with a hamstring injury and then a sports hernia, which required surgery. He was limited to seven games, in which he averaged 3.8 yards per carry -- the second lowest of his career for a single season.

He is not getting any younger, either, as he turned 31 on April 22. But the Raiders are banking on the year off, the change of scenery and the chance to play in Oakland all serving Lynch well after things seemed to sour in Seattle -- especially after the Seahawks did not give him the ball from the 1-yard line for a potential winning score in Super Bowl XLIX with less than 30 seconds to play. Instead, Russell Wilson was picked off at the goal line by Malcolm Butler and the New England Patriots escaped.

Some would argue that the Raiders were expected to challenge the Super Bowl reigning champion Patriots even before the signing of Lynch and that he could be a mere fraction of his former self in order for Oakland to excel in 2017.

Gutierrez adds:

If Lynch is close to replicating what he did in his last full NFL season -- in 2014, he rushed for 1,306 yards and an NFL-leading 13 touchdowns, averaged 4.7 yards per carry and caught 37 passes for a career-high 367 yards and four TDs -- the Raiders will have upgraded their No. 6 rushing attack significantly.

Latest 2018 Super Bowl Betting Odds (as of April 1, 2017)

Odds to win 2017-18 Super Bowl LII (2/4/18)

Team

Odds

New England Patriots

4/1

Dallas Cowboys

11/1

Atlanta Falcons

12/1

Green Bay Packers

12/1

Seattle Seahawks

12/1

Houston Texans

15/1

Denver Broncos

18/1

Pittsburgh Steelers

18/1

Oakland Raiders

20/1 (now 12/1)

New York Giants

20/1

Kansas City Chiefs

25/1

Indianapolis Colts

30/1

Carolina Panthers

30/1

Minnesota Vikings

30/1

Arizona Cardinals

35/1

Baltimore Ravens

40/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

40/1

Philadelphia Eagles

50/1

Tennessee Titans

50/1

Cincinnati Bengals

55/1

Miami Dolphins

60/1

Washington Redskins

60/1

Detroit Lions

70/1

New Orleans Saints

70/1

Los Angeles Chargers

80/1

Buffalo Bills

100/1

Jacksonville Jaguars

100/1

Chicago Bears

125/1

New York Jets

150/1

Los Angeles Rams

150/1

San Francisco 49ers

300/1

Cleveland Browns

300/1

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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