Marshawn Lynch's Addition Would Not Help Oakland Raiders Win Super Bowl, Here's Why

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 04/19/17 02:24PM EDT

A number of fans and analysts think that once Marshawn Lynch joins the Oakland Raiders, they are set to be legitimate playoff contenders. Some even see them making it to the Super Bowl and winning it all. All of these sound promising, but Lynch may not be enough. 

The Raiders, similar to other NFL teams, accomplished roster moves this offseason to improve. Some of their key additions are tight end Jared Cook and quarterback EJ Manuel. But perhaps the most significant is the impending acquisition of Lynch. Oakland appears close to completing his transfer from the Seattle Seahawks. 

Lynch will be known as one of the greatest running backs in the NFL. As of this moment, it is yet to be determined if he can play the same way he did before he retired. He is still expected by many to be the dominant running back he was with the Buffalo Bills and the Seattle Seahawks. 

The Raiders are going to have an All-Star cast when they complete the signing of Lynch. However, FanRag Sports suggested that they would still not oust the New England Patriots, even if they have the 30-year-old. Why are the Patriots dragged into the conversation? Because if Oakland wants to capture that Vince Lombardi Trophy, it must go through the reigning NFL champions. 

FanRag Sports noted that the Patriots, in the 2017 season, will have the best "offensive firepower" under the Bill Belichick era. Franchise quarterback Tom Brady leads a group of star receivers, tight ends, and running backs. Looking at the current rosters, the Pats are just too much for the Raiders, who are hoping Lynch is the missing piece. 

It is guaranteed that Lynch will have meaningful contributions to the Raiders. The running back's experience alone is going to help them, especially in the playoffs. But if they aim to dethrone the Patriots and capture that championship, they need to add more stars like what their AFC rivals are doing. 

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