With the NFL season rapidly approaching, I thought it might be fun to take a look at each probable starter for the Seattle Seahawks and try to figure out what is expected of them this year as well as predict what kind of production they will have. For the second one, I decided to take a gander at All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch and what he might do in 2013.
In 2012, Lynch was the key to Seattle’s offensive success. His powerful play in the ground game helped to open up lots of passing options through play-action. Last season, Lynch carried the ball 315 times for 1,590 yards (5 yards per carry) and 11 rushing touchdowns. This upcoming season, Lynch will be looked upon to carry the offensive load once again.
If Lynch can manage to stay healthy, he should have a very productive season. Last year, everyone knew he was the number one option in the offense and planned their defensive schemes accordingly. This year, however, the combination of a more mature Russell Wilson and the addition of the dynamic Percy Harvin will take some of the pressure off of Lynch and allow him to be even more effective through misdirection and by keeping opposing defenses guessing.
I would expect Lynch to put up numbers similar to those he put up in 2012, but maybe even a little better. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that he will have roughly 310 carries for 1,700 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. If he can maintain the same level of play and consistency that he did in 2012, I can certainly see Lynch returning to another Pro Bowl and making first team All-Pro once again.
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