The Oakland Raiders have started off the 2017-18 NFL season with a bang, winning their first two games, including this weekend’s 45-20 blowout against the New York Jets.
The team is clicking and “Beast Mode” (aka Marshawn Lynch) is feeling it, as he showcased his dance moves on the sidelines during Sunday’s (Sept. 17) game.
In the final quarter, the hometown-bred running back got hyphy, as Vell’s 2014 hit “Oakland” blared throughout the stadium. He was even caught on the JumboTron going dumb, as the crowd erupted in cheers.
Jets players, however, didn’t enjoy the display at all.
“It irks my ever-living nerves,” linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “When I saw it happening, it was infuriating. … That pissed me off. I’m an old-school guy. I don’t like when things like that happen. That was embarrassing, losing like that and having Marshawn dance like that.”
“Great player, but seeing that happen, that should infuriate the whole team,” he continued. “It should infuriate everybody and we should have a good response coming into next Sunday.”
As reported by ESPN, the Jets were down 35-13 at the time. They were obviously sour and felt like Lynch was just making it worse.
“We’re upset because it seems like he was rubbing it in our face,” nose tackle Steve McLendon said. “But he’s winning, man. He can do whatever he wants to do.”
For Lynch, an Oakland native, it was his first home game after coming out of retirement and signing with the Raiders. He rushed for 45 yards on 12 carries, and scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run.
After the game, he didn’t say much. When asked about the dance, he simply said: “It felt good.”