Oakland may always be home for Marshawn Lynch but Seattle was the city that truly made him a star.

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Oakland may always be home for Marshawn Lynch but Seattle was the city that truly made him a star.

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There was the "Beast Quake" run that set the tone for the Pete Carroll era with the Seahawks. The Skittles that rained down on the field after his big runs. The ferocious running style that inspired teammates.As much as those Seattle teams were known for the "Legion of Boom" secondary and Russell Wilson's escape acts, the "Beast Mode" runs helped Seattle establish its dominance. That's also been the missing ingredient for Seattle these past few years after he Cheap Cooper Kupp Jersey retired and then came back with his hometown Oakland Raiders.The Seahawks (2-3) will get an up-close look at Lynch again this week for the first time since he retired following the 2015 season. They travel to London to face the Raiders (1-4)."He looks like he got faster," linebacker Bobby Wagner said. "When he was here he wasn't breaking away from people. Now it looks like he can break away from people. He looks quicker. Looks stronger. It's going to be a dope challenge if they give him the ball a lot. They haven't really been giving him the ball all that much. I don't know if it's because of scores or whatever, but definitely know he's going to want to run the ball against us, so got to be ready."Lynch is still going strong at age 32, ranking ninth in the league in rushing with 331 yards and still doling out the punishment on defenders that has him headed on a path that Raiders coach Jon Gruden believes will end at the Pro Football Hall of Fame."It's a credit to him that he can play like that week in, week out, year in, year out with that style of play," Gruden said. "He's not looking to go out of bounds. He's looking to make yardage after contact in every situation. I respect it about him. I think the league respects it about him."The powerful runs and prodigious production come with a price at times. Lynch also has some quirks that can drive some in the organization nuts. There was the time in Seattle when he wore holdout safety Kam Chancellor's jersey to practice, declared himself out of a playoff game just before the team left for Minnesota, or his refusal to do interviews despite NFL rules requiring them.The Raiders have seen that side of Lynch as well. He got ejected from a game last season when he ran on the field to try to break up a fight between close friend and then-Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters and his own Raiders teammates. Lynch got suspended for a game for shoving an official.Then last week, in a scene that must have been all too painful for the Seahawks to watch http://www.officialramsfootballstore.co ... rsey-cheap , he tossed his helmet in frustration after teammate Derek Carr threw an interception instead of handing Lynch the ball on the 1-yard line. That brought back memories of the Seahawks' fateful decision to throw a pass from the 1 at the end of the Super Bowl in 2015, only to have Malcolm Butler intercept Wilson at the goal line to give New England a Super Bowl title that Seattle had been poised to win.Despite those moments, Lynch is adored by his teammates for his honesty."We loved that," Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin said. "He was beloved in this locker room because of that. He would speak how he felt. If he was wrong, he would come back and apologize to the people he wronged, for the most part. You respected him for the man he was, not trying to act like something he wasn't. He didn't pretend with you guys in the media and come back to the locker room and act different. He was consistent in who he was throughout."Lynch lasted just one more injury-plagued year with the Seahawks that was marked by his decision not to travel to a playoff game in Minnesota because he didn't feel healthy enough — even though he had practiced all week and was a major part of the game plan.Lynch announced his retirement a month later by tweeting a picture of his cleats hanging from a utility wire shortly after the end of the Super Bowl, and stayed home for the entire 2016 season.But when the hometown Raiders announced plans to move to Las Vegas in 2020, Lynch was motivated to come out of retirement to play in Oakland.After a sluggish start in his return, Lynch is back to his old form. His 832 yards rushing since Week 12 last year are more than anyone other than Todd Gurley, and he still runs with the same ferocity he did as a much younger back."It just comes down to him wanting to impose his will," Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. "He's not going to quit at any moment on the field. I think that's just Marshawn. He's not going to quit on anything or anybody, especially his teammates. I think you see him running the same in the first quarter as the fourth quarter. ... Marshawn is going to try and outlast people. That's what makes him special."Lynch's best game of the year came two weeks ago against the Browns when he ran for 130 yards to give the Raiders their only win. It was his most prolific output since rushing for 157 yards in the NFC championship game against Seattle in January 2015.That's the kind of performance that has both his current and former teammates believing his career should end at the Hall of Fame."What he means to the game and he kind of reminds me of an Allen Iverson type where he changed a culture Cheap Jared Goff Jersey , changed the way people viewed the media, through the media, he's himself," Wagner said. "He's a player that like you'll never see again in a generation, so I think that represents a lot. I think by the end, all said and done, he'll have the numbers to get in for sure."AP Sports Writer Tim Booth contributed to this report The Los Angeles Rams continue to be box office gold for the NFL.The Rams are off to a 3-0 start after handling the Chargers 35-23 in an all-LA matchup on Sunday.They also are the unanimous top team in the latest AP Pro32 poll .The Rams received all 12 first-place votes and 384 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.They open Week 4 by hosting the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night in a matchup of NFC powerhouses."Jared Goff is looking like a Pro Bowl quarterback under wunderkind coach Sean McVay, and the Rams are looking like a Super Bowl contender after a splendid early season run," said Newsday's Bob Glauber.The unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs moved up two spots to No. 2. The Chiefs close out Week 4 with a prime-time matchup at Denver against the Broncos on Monday night."Patrick Mahomes has been a revelation, but the Chiefs get the second spot behind the Rams because of their porous defense, which is yielding more than 30 points and 474 yards per game," said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback.The Philadelphia Eagles continued to bounce around the top 10 in the poll. The Eagles were No. 2 after the first week of the regular season. They fell to No. 7 after losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but rose to No. 3 after edging the Indianapolis Colts 20-16 in Carson Wentz's first game since December, when he tore two ligaments in his knee.The Jacksonville Jaguars dropped two places to No. 4 after their field goal-filled 9-6 loss to AFC South rival Tennessee.Led by Drew Brees http://www.officialramsfootballstore.co ... rsey-cheap , the New Orleans jumped 10 spots to No. 5 after topping the Atlanta Falcons 43-37 in overtime."As Drew Brees closes in on the NFL record book, it appears New Orleans has recovered nicely from that Week 1 stunner vs. Tampa Bay," said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.The Miami Dolphins, who are off to a surprising 3-0 start, also made a major move. The AFC East leaders moved up seven places to No. 6. The Dolphins face another big test this week when they travel to Foxborough to face the suddenly slumping Patriots, who have lost two in a row and fell five spots to No. 10.The Patriots have overcome slow starts before and still reached the Super Bowl, and they now have three consecutive home games to try to make up ground in the division.Another team making a big climb was the Carolina Panthers, who jumped five spots to No. 7 after defeating Cincinnati 31-21."Found a running game," Fox Sports' John Czarnecki said of the Panthers, who finished with 230 rushing yards in the victory. Christian McCaffrey led the way with a career-high 184 yards.The Vikings went in the opposite direction as they dropped five spots to No. 8 after getting routed at home by Buffalo 27-6.And the Baltimore Ravens regained their footing as they climbed seven spots to No. 9 after handling the Broncos 27-14.The Ravens have a key game in Week 4 as they head to Pittsburgh on Sunday night to face the Steelers in one of the NFL's fiercest rivalries.

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