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Week 1 vs. MIA
Rushing: 3 / 13 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Lynch had a terrific run on his first carry, but mostly he took a backseat to Jackson and Spiller in this one. He is not rosterable right now.
Week 2 vs. GB
Rushing: 17 / 64 / 0
In a possible attempt to showcase him for a trade to the opposing Packers, the Bills fed Lynch the ball like a featured back to no avail for the team or Lynch's trade stock. The former first-round pick did run with his usual bruising style, almost never going down on first contact, but he also looked heavy-legged and never really showed a good burst at any point in the game. He did get a few first downs, but Lynch looks like a backup quality RB at this point in his career.
Week 3 vs. NE
Rushing: 13 / 79 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 1 targets
he Bills offensive game plan had a nice flow to it as they did an outstanding job mixing in the run with the pass. Lynch led the Buffalo ground attack and patiently took what the defense gave him not trying to do too much on his own while exercising great vision and instincts. On one particular play in the 1st quarter, Lynch was gang tackled by 4 Patriot defenders who all attempted to strip the football, albeit unsuccessfully. Instead of fighting the pile Lynch played it smart and wrapped both hands on the ball leaned low and accepted the nice 5 yard gain, sustaining the opening drive and setting up the Bills opening FG. Offensive Coordinator, Chan Gailey, even had an innovative package where Lynch took a snap in the wildcat formation where he ran for the first down late in the 1st half.
Week 4 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 4 / 8 / 0
The Bills were unable to get any offense going and Marshawn Lynch was hit often behind or at the line of scrimmage on his few carries. Overall the team was not able to move the ball on the ground, wouldn't let any one back get a rhythm going and then pretty much gave up the run as they fell further behind.
Week 6 vs. CHI
Rushing: 17 / 44 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 9 / 0 on 3 targets
Lynch looked like he was definitely worth the 4th round pick
the Seahawks invested in him.
He is a relatively polished power back for what the Seahawks will ask
of him and provides the Seahawks something they were previously
lacking. His running style is that of an angry man who wants to hit,
and not to take hits. He has surprising speed to the outside, and all
the power you can expect from a back of his size. He scored late in
the game on a very impressive sweep play on the goal line. Lynch took
2 solid hits on the way to the endzone, but was able to stay upright
and finish the run. They was several occasions where it looked like he
would be stopped for a negative gain but Lynch was either able to gain
some yards, or just get back to the line of scrimmage. Overall, he is
the change of pace back to compliment Forsett well and his power
running style will keep defences honest who try to tackle him.
Week 7 vs. ARI
Rushing: 24 / 89 / 0
This is when Lynch will see a lot of carries; Seattle winning the game and needing to run the clock. Lynch is not fast, that was something this writer was questioning and Lynch answered that this past week. He can break tackles and find holes but there is definitely a gear that is not there as on other backs around the league. Lynch can still be very effective but he lacks raw speed. He did exactly as he was asked but he was also stopped a lot. He had a beautiful 39 yard run on the 1st drive and many had to be thinking OK here we go. But once Russell Okung left the game which is exactly the off left tackle play where he blew thru for the big gain...once that went away the running game started falling flat. They need Okung in there for a variety of reasons. He helps the running game and also allows for Hasselbeck to have more time to look down field.
Week 8 vs. OAK
Rushing: 9 / 7 / 0
Lynch was the starter, but gave way to Forsett on passing downs. As the running game stalled, and the Raiders lead grew, Lynch saw the field less and less. On each carry, he fought hard and didn't go down easily, but he also made little positive yardage; mainly because the Raiders dominated the line.
Week 9 vs. NYG
Rushing: 11 / 48 / 0
Lynch started once again for the Seahawks. He was stuffed on the first play from scrimmage. And so on. Until his long run of 26 yards came in the 4th quarter, with the Giants running the prevent defense. If the Seahawks can't keep the game close, Lynch simply won't be getting enough chances to prove his worth.
Week 10 vs. ARI
Rushing: 13 / 29 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 33 / 0 on 2 targets
Lynch is an enigma. He looked oh so good after the catch, turning a 5 yard gain into 22. He even scored a short yardage TD. But then there are the three straight goal line rushes that he failed to convert, and another later on. Against the Cardinals red uniforms, one can only imagine that in his eyes, it's as if he were lined up against 11 stop signs. Lynch had his moments, but Justin Forsett had far more success overall, including an easy goal line score of his own. Expect the Seahawks to ride the hot hand --- as they did in this game --- in coming weeks.
Week 11 vs. NO
Rushing: 7 / 36 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 19 / 0 on 6 targets
Lynch took a back seat to the passing game, and when involved didn't exactly impress. Normally, Lynch has good hands, but he made a terrible drop on a swing pass with no one around, and his rushes were all of the ho-hum variety. And just when he does something worth noting, rushing for a big 17 yard gain, he blew it by fumbling the ball at the end of the play. The overall impression he gave is that he was trying to do a too much: dipsy-doodling when he could put his head down and gain a few vital yards, looking ahead before he's caught the ball, or trying to get that extra yard and failing to protect the ball in the process. Lynch lost the ball again in the middle of a drive that could have once again put the Seahawks within reach. In fact both fumbles came at moments when the Seahawks had huge momentum. Those that pin the loss on him aren't far off in this case.
Week 12 vs. KC
Rushing: 7 / 20 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 13 / 0 on 2 targets
The Seahawks running game just couldn't get going in this game as Lynch was routinely held up and stuffed for no gain and minimal yardage by the Chiefs. Lynch simply had no help from his offensive line and when he did, often made the wrong move or hesitated too long.
Week 13 vs. CAR
Rushing: 21 / 83 / 3
Receiving: 1 / 17 / 0 on 1 targets
Lynch was in "beast mode", scoring 3 TD's, including a game clinching 22 yarder in the 4th quarter, in which he made a beautiful openfield move, freezing the defender and waltzing into the endzone. Lynch always seems to get the most out of every carry, but even so, he never seems to get a lot of yards. In this game, Lynch was met in the backfield a number of times, but always fought hard and got as much positive yardage as he could muster. He doesn't have impressive speed, but his quick feet and strength allow him to gain positive yardage and keep the clock moving.
Week 14 vs. SF
Rushing: 10 / 29 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 37 / 0 on 8 targets
Lynch was the primary ball carrier for the Seahawks, but still gained only 3 YPC as he continued to try and juke his way out of every situation. He was an important target in the short passing game as well, but did little with his 7 receptions. Lynch used his power well at times, but still tried too often to make a move when he was clearly not making anyone miss.
Week 15 vs. ATL
Rushing: 12 / 60 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 17 / 0 on 1 targets
Lynch gave the Seahawks a strong presence up the middle in the running game but did little else in this blowout. He was given a steady workload on the ground despite a low time of possession in this blow-out loss, which remains a positive as he has taken the starting role from Forsett. Seattle still can't get 8 men out of the box however and Lynch really could have been more productive if Seattle were in a better position to give him more carries.
Week 16 vs. TB
Rushing: 14 / 53 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Lynch started off well, with a 29 yard scamper up the middle on the opening drive. He was able to make a good cut-back behind the line to find room for the big gain. The short yardage game continued to be a problem for Lynch and the Seahawks as the line was not opening up holes with consistency. Lynch showed that he has a powerful burst into the line, but was still stopped cold on 2 straight attempts inside the 2 yard line. In the second half, Lynch was still running with power but with the poor pla
Week 17 vs. STL
Rushing: 20 / 75 / 0
Receiving: 1 / -7 / 0 on 1 targets
Week 17 for Lynch was essentially a tale of two half's. In the 1st half he was horrible. He couldn't find any space on the ground or through the air and he also put the ball on the turf as well. In the 2nd half he played a key role in the Seahawks win as he wore down the Rams defense with tough run after tough run. When the Seahawks needed a work horse to chew up the clock in the 4th quarter Lynch was leaned on heavily and he produced the results they needed.
Week 18 vs. NO
Rushing: 19 / 131 / 1
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Before the run that will be seen for years to come, Lynch was having a decent game. Even on his short runs, he was breaking tackles and running through defenders. It took multiple people to bring him down almost every time he touched the ball. Lynch's true "Beast Mode" came out though when Seattle was attempting to run the four-minute drill up by 4. It wasn't a typical situation at the very end of the game where the defensive team has all but given up due to the game being out of reach. New Orleans needed to stop the run to get the ball back for Brees, and Lynch simply shredded them. He would not be denied, and he essentially put the game away for Seattle.
Week 19 vs. CHI
Rushing: 4 / 2 / 0
Marshawn Lynch went from being in "Beast Mode" last week to "Scared Animal Mode" as he was met by a barrage of Bears defenders each and every time he got a carry. The Seahawks offensive line did not get much movement up front, but Lynch was pedestrian in making his reads behind the line of scrimmage and overall just looked timid and afraid. The Seahawks ground game was shut down from the first rushing attempt as the Bears stuffed Lynch for a loss of a yard in a tone setting play.