Denver Broncos Defense Could Present Challenges For Marshawn Lynch

By Sam Horn
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The power of Skittles can’t be overstated. Last weekend, Marshawn Lynch demonstrated why the addicting candy can be powerful. Lynch steamrolled over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, running for 109 yards. One has to wonder how many Skittles Lynch inhaled before the game proceeded, given that he rushed for more than 100 yards against a defense that allowed 95 rushing yards per game in the regular season.

The road to the Lombardi Trophy won’t get any easier for Lynch. While the Seattle Seahawks triumphed against the 49ers, they square off against the Denver Broncos in possibly the biggest game of their career, the Super Bowl. The Broncos might be known for their prolific offense that scores at will, but Denver’s defense is among the league’s best in stopping the run.

During the regular season, the Broncos allowed about 101 rushing yards per game. Denver’s defense is anchored by a defensive line that weighs a combined 1,177 pounds. That’s a lot of muscle. It’s because of this massive defensive line, led by Shaun Phillips and Terrance Knighton, that Denver only allowed one running back to rush for more htan 100 yards in the regular season. Phillips recorded 10 tackles for loss in the regular season.

Denver’s run defense ranked seventh in the NFL this past season, limiting opposing running backs to just 3.9 yards per carry. This stingy defense will prove to be a tough test for Lynch.

If the Broncos can shut down Lynch, it could force Seattle to be a one-dimensional team, and could end up being a long day for Russell Wilson. Seattle fans shouldn’t be worried though. Lynch is averaging about 125 yards per game in the playoffs, and it looks like he isn’t going to be slowing down anytime soon.

Lynch is an asset to the Seahawks’ offense and his talents won’t be overlooked by Pete Carroll against the Broncos defense.

Sam Horn is a Seattle Seahawks writer for Follow him on Twitter @samhorn7, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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