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Lynch running freely on Jets

12/14/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Even if the New York Jets win Sunday, alarm bells should be ringing.

The Buffalo Bills are moving remarkably well against the Jets' vaunted run defense and have cut the lead to 14-10 in the second quarter on J.P. Losman's 8-yard touchdown scramble.

Marshawn Lynch earlier this week gave a rare interview with reporters and proclaimed the Bills' rushing woes were on him -- not the offensive line, the lack of a downfield passing game or the calls from offensive coordinator Turk Schonert.

Perhaps he should have said something sooner, because the ground game appears highly energized despite the Jets ranking fourth against the run.

Run defense has been the Jets' hallmark. But after three possessions, Lynch has 63 yards on seven carries, including a highlight-reel 35-yard run through heavy traffic. Backup Fred Jackson has 14 yards on five attempts. Losman has two scrambles for 17 yards.

Lynch has hit 100 yards only twice this season and has eight games of 70 yards or fewer. Last week against the Miami Dolphins he ran 13 times for 31 yards.