Marshawn Lynch just seems to never get his number called on at the 1-yard line. Trailing 20-3 the Oakland Raiders had first-and-goal at the 1-yard line with 1:13 left in the third quarter of the Raiders’ loss against the Los Angeles Chargers. Easy decision, right? Not really. The Raiders opted to throw the ball instead. Quarterback Derek Carr threw an interception right into the hands of Melvin Ingram.
When are teams just going to give it to Marshawn Lynch @ the 1? pic.twitter.com/tyxECW54xN
— MyBookie Sportsbook (@betmybookie) October 7, 2018
Lynch was famously bypassed on the goal line by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll in Super Bowl XLIX against the Patriots. Quarterback Russell Wilson threw an interception on the play, sealing the game for New England.
Lynch was visibly upset after the play. He took his helmet off, threw it into the air and pretended it was a basketball, putting up a shot. He was yelling as he walked to the sideline. It was an all too familiar situation for him.
Since the start of Super Bowl XLIX, teams have now thrown four times — FOUR TIMES! — at the 1-yard line with Marshawn Lynch on the field. Following Derek Carr's interception, those passers are 0-4 with 2 Int on those passes, per ESPN Stats & Information. https://t.co/wOH4A7WG6u
— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 7, 2018
The Raiders have had troubles in the red zone all season, but this may have been the biggest blunder of them all. They simply had to have points to stay in the game. Instead, Gruden learned the hard way that he should always give Lynch a shot from the goal line.