This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will head to the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons. While the Seahawks may be the underdog up against the top-seeded Falcons, running back Marshawn Lynch is set to go Beast Mode against them this weekend.
After Lynch’s season got off to an inauspicious start when he was busted for a DUI in July, the young running back with a history of arrests was thought to be in trouble with either the league or his team. Lynch, however, avoided suspension and put together a career year.
He finished the regular season with a career-high 1,590 rushing yards and 5.0 yards per carry (YPC) average. He also scored a total of 12 touchdowns and ended the season on a hot streak with four straight 100-yard rushing games. He picked up right where he left off last week against a good Washington Redskins run defense by running for 132 yards and a touchdown, which marked his 11th in 10 games.
Now, arguably the hottest running back in the league gets a matchup with the worst ranked run defense left standing. The Falcons not only gave up 16 rushing touchdowns during the regular season, but also allowed opposing runners to average 4.8 YPC and 123.2 yards per game (YPG). Lynch not only had success against bad run defenses like the Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Rams, and Arizona Cardinals this season, but he was able to beat some of the top-ranked run-stopping units such as the San Francisco 49ers (214 yards, one TD in two games), Chicago Bears (87 yards, one TD in one game), and Minnesota Vikings (124 yards, one TD in one game).
The red-hot Lynch will score at least twice with a minimum of 100 rushing yards against a bad Falcons run defense.