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Raiders, NFL honor Marshawn Lynch as Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee

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Raiders, NFL honor Marshawn Lynch as Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee

Marshawn Lynch does a lot to help his native Oakland and the East Bay community as a whole. He has done that for years now, finding way both big and small to prop up struggling sections of this region.

Most of his work centers on helping underprivileged youth, either through charitable works or being a point of inspiration for a younger generation trying to get ahead amid often difficult circumstances.

Lynch’s efforts and often organized through his Fam 1st Family Foundation, a prominent part of this community.

The Raiders and the NFL have honored Lynch’s work by naming him the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. Lynch will receive a $50,000 donation from the league to a charity of their choice. Lynch can earn an extra $25,000 for his charity by winning a social media contest.

“We are proud to nominate Marshawn Lynch for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “Marshawn’s impact on the field is easy to see. But it is off the field where he really makes a difference. While others may talk the talk, Marshawn walks the walk.”

The Man of the Year Award acknowledges players "whose commitment to excellence extends on and off the field," said commissioner Roger Goodell in an interview with NFL.com.

A national winner will be named at the NFL Honors award ceremony, held just before the Super Bowl. That person also gets $250,000 donated to a charity of their choice.

Lynch is currently on season-ending injured reserve with a groin injury suffered in a Week 6 loss to Seattle. 

Why NBC Sports' Josh Norris has faith in Josh Jacobs, Raiders' O-line

Why NBC Sports' Josh Norris has faith in Josh Jacobs, Raiders' O-line

Following a bye week for the fantasy outlook is a lot like a box of chocolates ... you don't know what you're going to get.

Josh Jacobs and the Raiders head into Week 7 with a game against the Green Bay Packers. and the first-round draft pick's fantasy value will continue to rise according to NBC Sports analyst Josh Norris.

"Josh Jacobs right now is one -- the best player on the Oakland Raiders' offense, and two -- possibly a top-10 running back in the NFL by season's end," Norris told NBC Sports Bay Area. 

Norris wanted to also give credit to the Raiders' offensive line for how they performed against the Chicago Bears in the 24-21 win in Week 5. 

Despite the off week, Jacobs might continue to be a force to stay away from opposing teams. But if you're a Jacobs' owner, count your blessings.

Even against a tough Packers defense, his rookie campaign cannot be ignored.

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In the last outing for the running back, Jacobs ran for 123 yards with two touchdowns. That Packers D gives up 4.9 yards per carry and has allowed seven rushing touchdowns.

That's amazing news for owners. Start him if you weren't planning on it anyway.

Raiders-Packers odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 7 game

Raiders-Packers odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 7 game

The Raiders’ seemingly never-ending road trip continues as Oakland visits the Green Bay Packers for a Week 7 showdown.

Jon Gruden’s team won a physical Week 5 game over former Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears, 24-21, in London. 

Oakland will be without No. 1 receiver Tyrell Williams, who is dealing with plantar fasciitis. Davante Adams will also be out for Green Bay, leaving both Oakland and Green Bay without their top target.

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Line:

Caesars: GB -4.5 (-110)
Consensus: GB -4.5 (-110)
Westgate: GB -4.5  (-110)
Wynn: GB -4.5 (-110)

Here’s how NFL writers around the country see the Raiders-Packers matchup shaking out:

Paul Gutierrez, ESPN: Packers 27, Raiders 21
Rob Demovsky, ESPN: Packers 28, Raiders 24
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Packers 31, Raiders 24
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Packers 21, Raiders 20
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Raiders 24, Packers 23
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Packers 23, Raiders 19