Crazy strategy, right?
Granted, the NFL world probably knows that the Seahawks intend to give the ball early and often to Marshawn Lynch when they face the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football. The numbers just make too much sense. Seattle has the second-best running attack in the NFL at 154.4 yards per game. Lynch only has one game over 100 yards this season, but Russell Wilson has been more than adequate as another running option.
On the other side of the ball, the Rams have the 30th-ranked run defense, giving up 126.4 yards per game.
Lynch doesn’t have to do all the heavy lifting for the Seahawks. Seattle can use Robert Turbin or give some carries to Christine Michael now that it looks like the rookie will play against St. Louis. Who knows? Maybe Michael Robinson will celebrate his return to the Seahawks with a few yards of his own on the ground.
Obviously, the Seahawks are going to do more than run the ball. Wilson will get out in space, spread the ball around to his receivers and get a lot of guys involved. The Rams have the 18th-ranked pass defense, so they are susceptible to Wilson’s arm as well as his feet.
On paper, the Seahawks should be able to handle the Rams on the road and run their record to 7-1. The ability to win this game comfortably may hinge on Seattle’s ability to open holes for their bruising running back.
It is time, once again, for Beast Mode.