The Seattle Seahawks, widely looked at as one of the premier teams in the NFL this season, looked far from an elite team in week nine as they needed a comeback and overtime to take down the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Other than some defensive lapses, it was an inconsistent offense that caused the Seahawks some issues this past Sunday.
Second-year quarterback Russell Wilson made some big plays with his arm and legs down the stretch to get the Seahawks back in the game, but he’s largely been inconsistent this season. He’s thrown for 300 yards only once this year, all the way back in their opener, and has seen his turnovers rise and completion percentage drop from his impressive rookie year in Seattle.
In terms of steady production, though, you need look no further than running back Marshawn Lynch. Outside of week eight when he was slowed by a minor knee injury, Lynch has consistently been the Seahawks’ best option offensively, accruing 726 yards and six touchdowns on the season.
However, Lynch is averaging less than 20 carries per game this season, even if you throw that week eight game where he got the rock only eight times out of the window. For a back that’s as explosive, powerful, and productive as Lynch, that number of carries seems far too low to me.
I understand that Lynch is 27 years old and has a good bit of mileage on him, but he’s still relatively healthy and still performing at a high level. As the Seahawks face off with the Atlanta Falcons, a team that ranks 20th defensively against the run this season, Seattle needs to feed Lynch until he’s had his fill. I think the Seattle should come out with a win regardless, but they can be dominant if Lynch gets a big workload.