Seattle Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch vs Indianapolis Colts' Run Defense

By Todd Pheifer
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The Seattle Seahawks have yet another big road test when they again head east and face the Indianapolis Colts and their talented young quarterback Andrew Luck. If the Seahawks can pound out another win away from home, they could head back to CenturyLink Field with a very satisfying 5-0 record.

It doesn’t take an NFL guru to figure out that Marshawn Lynch is going to have a generous share of balls handed to him. Seattle continues to build their offense around the establishment of the ground game, which they can do when they have Beast Mode, Robert Turbin and talented rookie Christine Michael.

That said, the ‘Hawks are willing to mix it up when the situation calls for more passing. The good thing about Russell Wilson is that he genuinely doesn’t seem to care how the box score looks. Lynch also does not seem to worry about that. Both players have had unimpressive performances already this season, from a statistical standpoint. However, those details tend to be less important when you are 4-0.

Through four games, the Seahawks are fifth in the league at 144.3 yards per game; that number obviously has to be put into context. Seattle has not utilized Lynch consistently in all games, simply because the ‘Hawks adapted their offense to the opponent in each game. For example, Wilson ran for 77 yards against the Houston Texans, even though that was probably not the first choice of Pete Carroll.

Indianapolis is surrendering 106.8 yards per game, which is good for 16th in the NFL. Frank Gore ran for 82 yards against the Colts, but it didn’t exactly propel the San Francisco 49ers to victory. The following week, the Colts held the Jacksonville Jaguars to only 40 yards on the ground, though the Jags do not exactly have a formidable offense.

Look for the Seahawks to work hard on the ground game early. If Beast Mode can go off for 125 yards and a touchdown or two, it could be a big factor in Seattle getting the victory.

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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