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Lynch goes beast mode for the best moment of 2011

Discussion in 'Talkin' Hawks' started by travisduncan, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. travisduncan

    travisduncan Huddler

    "First and goal back at the 15. Lynch not going to get anything.... Well second effort maybe--- second effort! Wow! He comes out the back of the-and he's in touchdown!" -Brad Nessler of the NFL Network describing Marshawn Lynch's never-say never 15-yard touchdown in the 1st-quarter.

    Numbers alone don't do Marshawn Lynch justice as to what he accomplished Thurday night. He was in a special place. Most importantly he infused electricity back into the Seahawks after a sluggish performance against Washington five days ago.

    Lynch picked up his 7th and 8th touchdowns, put the Seahawks up 14-0 early and rushed for 100 yards for the fourth time in five games. His 148-yards are a season-high and he has scored in eight straight games.

    According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Eagles kept eight or more defenders in the box on 17 of Lynch’s 22 attempts. But the big fronts didn't work. According to ESPN SI he gained 123 of his 148 yards against eight-man fronts and 51-yards after initial contact in those fronts. In total Thursday night, he gained a season-best 75-yards after initial contact.

    He leads the NFL in yards after contact.

    When Lynch wasn't forcing his way out of the wraps of Eagles defenders, the 'Hawks offensive line and all those who blocked for him created nice holes and that had a lot to do with his big night.

    He also amped up the energy level for his teammates after a forgettable first offensive series.

    "Man, unbelievable," fullback Michael Robinson said via the Seattle Times. "The guy blows my mind every time we step on the field."

    The running game took the pressure off of Tarvaris Jackson who completed 13 of 16 for 190-yards with 1 TD and zero interceptions. Jackson said after the game that he thought Thursday night's win was the best overall game for the team so far this year.

    As Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times nicely points out, Lynch is a quiet, understated guy. After the game he said a few words thanking his teammates and then vanished. Brewer writes that Lynch deserves a big contract. He's a free-agent after this season.

    Lynch's night has also prompted the Skittles company to offer him customized dispenser for the locker room along with a 24-month supply, according to CNBC Sports Biz reporter Darren Rovell.

    On a less positive note, this may be the year of the pectoral injury for the Seahawks, left Russell Okung suffered a pectoral injury, the same type of injury which kept Jackson out earlier this year. In the words of Carroll it "didn't look good". Okung himself said he heard something pop. Okung's injury might mean the Seahawks think even more about drafting for depth at the offensive line position in April, especially with John Moffit and James Carpenter on injured reserve for the season.

    "Yes, Russell Okung got hurt,” Carroll said via the Tacoma News Tribune. “I didn't see the playwhere they threw him down, but he got hurt. He has a pec injury that doesn't look good right now. From what I heard it was really an unnecessary play that didn'thave to happen."

    If Lynch is the obvious player of the game, safety Kam Chancellor is right there with him, picking off his fourth pass of the year. Chancellor in many ways is the Seahawks' most valuable player this season. CB Brandon Browner struggled a tad against Washington last week but came out to play Thursday night and picked off two Vince Young passes. Brown even said that he felt light he lost the game for the Seahawks last week. He more than has made up for it in what has been an impressive first-year in Seattle.

    Eagles running back LeSean McCcoy carried the ball 17 times for 84 yards-which considering his ability is a good night for the Seattle defense.

    Carroll told his team after the game, "It was a dominant night for the guys up front, you guys have worked so hard to get to this point, so great job. In general, a terrific job of taking care of teh football. No turnovers for the offense. This was a great night to watch you guys. Everyone played really hard. You played like crazy tonight. You can feel us. You can see us tonight. It's three out of four weeks, we screwed it up last week you'all know that. We're getting it moving. Let's keep this thing moving. "

    You can watch Carroll's post-game locker room speech caught by NFL Films cameras here.

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