Seattle Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch Unleashes Beast Mode

By Todd Pheifer
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For a moment there, it appeared as if the Seattle Seahawks had forgotten how to run the ball in Week 1 against Carolina Panthers. Then, the ‘Hawks went home to CenturyLink Field.

The crowd roared. The San Francisco 49ers were harassed by the dominating defense. Russell Wilson handed the ball to Marshawn Lynch. All was well again with the ground game.

Beast Mode returns.

Lynch did not break the 100 yards against the 49ers, but did he really need to? No. This time, breaking the century-mark was not crucial. Beast Mode carried the ball 22 times for 98 yards and two rushing touchdowns. He also caught three balls from 37 yards and another touchdown.

When you add that up, Lynch accounted for 135 yards of offense and three scores. Not a bad game for a guy that ran for 43 yards and no touchdowns in Week 1.

This is good news for a Seahawks team that is going to need an effective ground game throughout the season. Yes, the defense was dominant, but Wilson can’t run the read option as well if he doesn’t actually have options. Truthfully Wilson did not have a particularly effective game against the 49ers, but never fear. Lynch is here!

It will be interesting to see the balance that is struck between Wilson and Lynch throughout the season. Week 1 was very pass-oriented, as Wilson threw for 320 yards. Week 2 was very different as Lynch was the driving force of the offense.

What will happen in Week 3? Ideally the ‘Hawks will strike a balance as the season unfolds, but for now it is good to see Seattle run the ball. Beast Mode is back and the NFL had better be ready.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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