RB Marshawn Lynch - Free Agent
|5-10, 223||Born: 4-22-1986||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2007|
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (11 / 41 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Things couldn't have started better for Lynch and the Raiders. He carried the ball 4 times for 19 yards on the opening drive and also had a short catch, touching the ball on 5 of the first 7 plays. He capped it off with one of the toughest 10-yard touchdown runs you will ever see. Lynch was stood up at the five-yard line with a man clinging to one leg and he just kept churning his legs until the offensive linemen arrived to give him a push. He stayed on his feet and helped push the pile forward into the end zone. It was the type of tone-setting run that makes Lynch more valuable than his stats may suggest. Doug Martin came in and took all of the snaps on the second drive. Lynch came back out for the third drive and touched the ball four times on a long field goal drive. After those two drives, Lynch was barely used. He touched the ball just 4 times in the final 44 minutes of the game. The plan seemed to be to rotate Lynch and Martin every other series while also using Jalen Richard on obvious passing downs, in the two-minute offense, and when trailing. Perplexingly, the move to Richard came with the Raiders down just one score and 20 minutes still to play and Lynch played just 36% of the snaps.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (18 / 65 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
With a more favorable game script, the Raiders were able to feed Lynch for four quarters. He touched the ball 20 times but wasn't efficient, averaging under 3.5 yards per touch. He started off the game strong, with a powerful 6-yard run on the first play of the game where he carried two defenders for a few extra yard. Later on the opening drive, he broke through a big hole on the right side before being tripped up after a 10-yard gain. If he could have broken the shoestring tackle, he would have galloped for a 43-yard touchdown. Lynch had a 31-yard run called back due a holding penalty on a receiver blocking downfield. It was his most impressive run of the day. He dodged a defender in the backfield and was able to get to the outside and stiff arm a defender to pick up extra yards. Both of Lynch's targets came inside the 10-yard line. He nearly scored on a 7-yard catch but came up a yard short. He was able to punch it in two plays later, leaping over the pile for his second touchdown of the season.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (19 / 64 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Lynch took on a workhorse role and again managed 20+ touches. As always, he ran hard and was often able to earn an extra yard while muscling through contact. However, there was nothing easy and Lynch's longest run of the day went for just nine yards. Lynch leaped over the top for a 1-yard touchdown on one third-and-goal chance. He also had a reception on a third-and-goal screen, but the Dolphins read it well and stopped him well short of the end zone. Lynch's best play of the game was a 14-yard reception. He caught the ball eight yards downfield and violently ran over a defender to pick up a few extra yards. The picture of what to expect from Lynch looks pretty clear. He is getting solid volume and has cashed in on a short-yardage touchdown each of the first three weeks. But he has averaged between 3.4 and 3.7 yards per carry in each game, so the yardage totals have been underwhelming.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (20 / 130 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
It was a vintage performance from Lynch, who ran with extreme power and physicality the entire game. The terrible officiating was a theme throughout the day and it bit Marshawn Lynch on a second-quarter run. He broke outside and a defender had a couple arms on him but it looked like Lynch was about to break free from the tackle for a long gain, maybe even a 70+ yard touchdown. However, the refs blew the play dead prematurely, leaving Lynch with a gain of just six yards. Lynch had a nice catch and run on a gain of 17. He made a sharp cut after the short catch to make the first defender miss and then pinballed through attempted tackles at the end of the run. Lynch broke off a 52-yard run on a pitch to the left sideline. He followed a pair of outstanding blocks by Martavis Bryant down the left sideline and showed solid speed to get the corner.
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (9 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Lynch ran hard early and was able to consistently rip off small chunks of yards in on each run in the first quarter. He had a goal-to-go carry blown dead due to a false start. He left the field looking extremely frustrated after Carr threw an interception on 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Those are the type of situations where calling Lynch's number should be automatic. Unfortunately, Lynch is game-script dependent and barely saw the field in the second half with the Raiders down big.
2018 Week 6 vs SEA (13 / 45 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Aside from a dropped pass where he just took his eye off of the ball, Lynch played fine. There were a couple classic Lynch runs where he was hit near the line and still somehow pushed forward for a gain of five yards. However, even when he was able to push the pile, it was still just for a minimal gain because he was consistently being hit near the line or in the backfield. Lynch popped off a 13-yard run off of right tackle early in the second half but otherwise didn't gain more than 5 yards on any of his runs. From a fantasy perspective, the lone positive for Lynch is that he was still on the field even when the Raiders were down big in the second half. In previous weeks, the Raiders went almost exclusively with Jalen Richard in these game scripts. Perhaps his continued involvement late was just resignation on the part of the team that a comeback wasn't going to happen and instead of really going into the two-minute offense, they decided to try get out of London with Derek Carr in one piece.
2017 Week 1 vs TEN (18 / 76 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Lynch looked fantastic in his Raiders debut. The explosiveness, power and quick feet that made him special in his prime were all present. Lynch took his first regular-season carry for Oakland 14 yards straight up the middle. Late in the first quarter, he showed definitively that he can still go into beast mode. On a 4th-and-1 carry inside the 5-yard line, he should have been stuffed for a loss. But he side-stepped the first tackler and then somehow powered forward for two extra yards when a second defender had him dead to rights in the backfield. One of the biggest differences between the 2017 Raiders and the 2016 team is having a back with the ability to make a play entirely on his own in short yardage. For some reason, the Raiders didn't reward Lynch for the effort and threw the ball unsuccessfully three straight times from the 2-yard line before settling for a field goal. Lynch made things happen when he was able to touch the ball with some space to run. He took a screen pass for 16 yards down the right sideline, patiently setting up his blocks and then finishing the run strong for a couple extra yards. He lined up as a wide receiver on the next play and was open, but Carr airmailed the pass after the quick snap. Lynch ran hard in the second half and helped the Raiders bleed the clock and hang on for the win.
2017 Week 2 vs NYJ (12 / 45 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Lynch again played well but didn't have the big fantasy day many expected in his home debut. He handled just 13 of the Raiders 33 touches at running back. The low usage was in part due to the Raiders jumping out to a huge lead. But it is becoming clearer that the Raiders want to limit Lynch's touches to try to get him through the season healthy. Lynch's backups, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington have played well and Cordarrelle Patterson is also seeing time in the backfield. While Lynch should lead the backfield in touches and handle most of the goal line work, this looks like even more of a committee than expected. Lynch's best run of the day came midway through the first quarter on a 3rd-and-1. He burst through the center of the line and powered through first contact for a gain of 13 yards. Lynch's short touchdown came after a muffed punt set the Raiders up with first-and-goal from the Jets four-yard line late in the first half. Lynch was stuffed for no gain on first down. The Raiders went back to him the next play and Lynch had one of the more impressive two-yard runs you'll see. He should have been dropped for a three-yard loss but ran through three Jets tacklers to bounce it outside and pick up a couple yards. The Raiders rewarded him with a third-straight attempt that Lynch cashed in for his first Oakland touchdown. Lynch ran a draw from a shotgun formation and ran through a big hole up the middle. Lynch touched the ball just twice in the second half.
2017 Week 3 vs WAS (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Lynch saw his snaps decrease for the third straight week, playing just 16 snaps total. The game script certainly played a role as the Raiders fell behind early in the first quarter and trailed by three scores for most of the second half. We are seeing that Lynch is capable of some major fantasy duds if the Raiders offense has to play from behind. Lynch continues to run with his trademark power on the interior and fought for tough yards on some early carries. But there are starting to be some signs that the burst to get outside isn't there at age 31. He tried to cut outside on an early 3rd-and-short but was easily tracked down and stopped short. His long run of the day went for just five yards.
2017 Week 4 vs DEN (9 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Raiders tried to get Lynch established early but weren't able to. He had a decent early gain wiped out by a holding call. The Raiders tried to hit Lynch down the field on a first-down wheel route down the sideline, but he was blanketed in coverage. The Raiders first promising drive of the game ended with Lynch was stuffed well short of the line to gain on a 4th-and-1 carry. The Broncos were firing through gaps and getting to Lynch behind the line of scrimmage nearly every touch. When he was able to find modest space, he was quickly met by a swarm of defenders and unable to push forward. His long gain of the day went for just four yards.
2017 Week 5 vs BAL (12 / 43 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Even with DeAndre Washington out, Lynch still didn't play half of the snaps (48% of the offensive snaps), splitting time almost evenly with Jalen Richard. With his modest passing-game work, it is hard for Lynch to carry much fantasy value in a part-time role. Lynch had some early success and looked as if he might be on his way to a strong fantasy week. He rattled off impressive runs of 7, 9 and then 6 yards for 22 yards on his first three carries in the opening five minutes of the game. He managed just 21 rushing yards the rest of the way though. While the Raiders opened the game as home favorites, the game script quickly flipped negative for Lynch. The Ravens jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes and the Raiders had to play from behind all day. Lynch scored a short touchdown untouched up the middle. Manuel scrambled for a first down at the 2-yard line and the Raiders went hurry up and snapped the ball before the Ravens were set, allowing the easy score for Lynch.
2017 Week 6 vs LAC (13 / 63 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lynch rumbled for 15 yards on his first carry of the game. He cut through a big hole on the right side and was wrapped up by a defender eight yards down field but kept churning his legs, carrying the defender for another seven yards before finally being brought down. He opened the next drive with three consecutive carries for 14 total yards. Lynch dropped a swing pass that hit him right in his hands. A few plays later, he was targeted on a short pass over the middle and the ball bounced off his hands for an interception.
2017 Week 7 vs KC (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lynch played just 10 snaps and had two touches, runs of three and six yards, before he was tossed from the game. Marcus Peters took a shot at Derek Carr that many Raiders players took offense to and pushing and shoving ensued. Lynch sprinted onto the field and into the middle of the scrum to try to break things up. When an official stepped in front of him, Lynch shoved him and was ejected. He is facing a Week 8 suspension from the incident but is appealing.
2017 Week 9 vs MIA (14 / 57 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Lynch played a season-high 57% of the offensive snaps. In recent weeks, the Raiders seemed to get discouraged when the running game would get off to a slow start and eventually stop trying in second half. Against Miami, Oakland remained committed to pounding away with Lynch. The Raiders were rewarded for their persistence, as Lynch slowly wore down the Miami front and pounded in a pair of second-half touchdowns. Lynch again started slowly. He touched the ball five times on the opening drive for a total of three yards. At halftime, Lynch had just nine total yards. He started to get rolling on the first drive of the second half. He powered through multiple tacklers for a 14-yard run and then finished off the drive with a 22-yard touchdown gallup. He burst through a big hole in the line untouched and made a nice open field cut to beat the safety. Lynch iced the game late with a 3-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter on a power run off tackle. He seemed to get stronger as the game went on and the Raiders will need to feature Lynch in future weeks for him to make a positive impact.
2017 Week 11 vs NE (11 / 67 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Lynch was the lone bright spot for the Raiders offense. He ran with power and explosion. His first carry, he stiff-armed a defender in the backfield and ran through a second tackler to make something out of nothing. Lynch showed a nice burst on a gain off of right tackle that went for 25 yards. He was able to make a man miss in the open field to cut back inside for a 10-yard gain on his only passing target. Lynch did look winded a couple times, tapping his helmet to come out of the game after three straight carries on the opening drive. The game script took away the opportunity for Lynch to possibly have a big fantasy day. The Raiders fell behind 24-0 before their fourth possession.
2017 Week 12 vs DEN (26 / 67 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Lynch ran with tenacity all game and had a season-high 29 touches. It was tough sledding for him running up the middle but he was regularly able to power through first tackles and keep his feet moving for a number of 5-to-7 yard gains. There were no big plays whatsoever for Lynch as a runner, with the longest of his 26 carries going for just 7 yards. Lynch did have a pair of long receptions however, grabbing catches of 20 and 26 yards. Lynch scored a short touchdown fairly easily from one yard out on 3rd down but the more impressive run was actually on 2nd down the play before. He ran through multiple tackle attempts and almost bulled his way into the end zone despite being wrapped up by three Broncos. It was a strong performance from Lynch but the high usage level may not be repeated this season. The game script was perfect for Lynch, with the Raiders jumping out to a big lead early. Plus, Oakland's top two wide receivers left the game in the first half, which left Oakland little choice but to lean on the running game.
2017 Week 13 vs NYG (17 / 101 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Lynch started the game off with a bang. After taking the first two carries of the game for a total of 9 yards, Lynch broke through a big hole right up the middle on 3rd-and-1 and was off to the races for a 51-yard touchdown. The Giants defense answered the bell on their next short yardage opportunities against Lynch, however, With 3rd-and-1 near midfield, Lynch was stuffed. They tried again to convert on 4th down and Lynch was blown up for a loss. Lynch's best play of the day was on a 3rd-and-7 reception. He caught the ball short and made a man miss in the open field to get the first down, then carried tacklers down the field to turn it into a big gain of 21 yards. It was a strong day overall for Lynch, who was finally able to break off a long gain.
2017 Week 14 vs KC (7 / 61 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Game script and inconsistency led to a lack of opportunities for Lynch. Three of his first four carries went for one yard or less, which helped contribute to drives stalling. Almost all of Lynch's yardage came on two carries. An early run up the middle for 27 yards was vintage Lynch. He broke arm tackles and pin-balled off of would-be tacklers for a big gain. Late in the game against prevent defense, Lynch took one up the gut for a 22-yard touchdown. He was untouched through a big gap and easily ran through a half-hearted tackle attempt by a defensive back inside the five yard line.
2017 Week 15 vs DAL (16 / 76 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Lynch played a season-high 50 snaps (76% of the offensive snaps, also a season-high) and was a big part of the game plan. He wasn't able to really get rolling because the Raiders couldn't sustain drives in the first half. Unlike some past games, Lynch wasn't consistently picking up positive gains of 3-to-6 yards on every carry. He was dropped for a loss or no gain multiple times. However, he made up for the negative carries with some chunk gains that have come with more regularity of late. He accelerated off of left tackle for a gain of 19 yards and almost bulled his way into the end zone before being brought down at the 2-yard line to set up Michael Crabtree's first touchdown. Lynch had a tough run for 6 yards on 2nd-and-goal from the 8-yard line to setup Crabtree's second 2-yard touchdown. The Raiders first option down around the goal line is often to go to Crabtree if he's single-covered, which limits Lynch's opportunities for goal line work.
2017 Week 16 vs PHI (25 / 95 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -3 / 0 rec)
Lynch ran hard and again shouldered a huge workload. He was able to pound away for tough yardage up the middle, gaining positive yardage with consistency. He only broke one relatively long run, however, with a 16-yard gain up the middle on the first play of the second half. Lynch had his first fumble of the season late in the third quarter. Lynch had some impressive runs late, including a vintage "beast mode" run of 11 yards through multiple tackle attempts that was called back due to holding.
2017 Week 17 vs LAC (19 / 101 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Lynch ended the season on a high note with a strong performance. He was able to break off long gains of 10+ yards six times, gaining yardage in chunks. Lynch had a couple early runs where he got into the secondary and then bulled through tackle attempts to push his way for extra yardage, flashing a nasty stiff arm. The Raiders had a well setup screen but Lynch dropped an easy short pass that hit him in the chest. Lynch was stopped for no gain on a 4th-and-2 toss sweep that developed far too slowly. Lynch had a 17-yard gain on a screen pass in garbage time. Lynch seemed to play better as the season progressed and may have shown enough to get another shot at starting next season.
2015 Week 1 vs LA (18 / 73 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
Lynch's first short yardage play came on the first series where he not only picked up the first down, he carried about 4 ram defenders an extra 5 yards with them on his back for a 10-yard gain. Lynch achieved just over 100 total yards off of 23 touches and his longest run of the game was for 24 yards. He was bottled up at line of scrimmage multiple times for either a loss or no gain. He took a good amount of his touches from the shotgun and finished the game with 5 receptions for 31 yards. He does a good job with his short yardage carries all game to keep some drives alive for the Seahawks. His first carry of 2nd quarter, Lynch finds nothing right and comes back across the field for a 5-yard gain that would have ended in a loss of yardage. On a 3rd and 1 play Lynch finally finds some room for a nice 13-yard gain. Completes two-point conversion off Jimmy Graham touchdown in the third quarter. In overtime Lynch makes a great catch when quarterback Russell Wilson was trying to avoid pressure yet a gain. He took this catch 19 yards up field for a first time. In a crucial 4th and 1 situation, Pete Carroll decides to put the game in Lynch's hands and go for it. The game ends as Lynch is stuffed for a 1-yard loss.
2015 Week 2 vs GB (15 / 41 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Though handling all the carries, running back Marshawn Lynch was held in check Sunday night by the Packers, boasting just 2.7 yards per carry and 3 receptions for 21 yards. He was unable to find much running room all night as he attempted to cut back at the line of scrimmage multiple times, where the defenders did a nice job not to over pursue along the back side. Lynch and the Seahawks continue to struggle in short yardage situations but do use Lynch to set up plays in the passing game off of play action regularly. Lynch's longest run of the day was for just 11 yards and he wasn't given much from his offensive line outside of short chunks of yardage just past the line of scrimmage. He was given carries in the red zone but ultimately lost a reception touchdown to Fred Jackson as he came in the game in relief. Not surprisingly Lynch does seem to get better as the game goes on, softening up the defense until in the 4th quarter tackling him seems to get harder and harder for opposing defenses. He was active in the read option but almost loses a fumble in the 4th quarter off of a high handoff from Russell Wilson where the play is negated by an offside's penalty.
2015 Week 3 vs CHI (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Starting running back Marshawn Lynch was questionable entering this game with a calf injury and would later leave with an apparent hamstring injury that is not believed to be serious. Lynch had only 5 carries for 14 yards on the ground and added one catch for 9 yards on a key 4th down play for the Seahawks. Coach Pete Carroll said Lynch was having a hard time getting loose before the game but tried to play. His health will be something to keep an eye on before next weeks Monday night game against the Lions.
2015 Week 6 vs CAR (17 / 54 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
In his return to the lineup in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers Marshawn Lynch resumed his bell-cow role in this offense dominating the carries in this backfield. On 17 carries Lynch went for 54 yards and a touchdown that came from the one-yard line. This was Lynch's first of the season and Seattle's second of the season. Lynch is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry in 2015 behind a very poor offensive line but did have three targets in the passing game in Week 6. He was able to break through for a 17-yard gain in the fourth quarter that helped setup a Seahawks field goal but that was the largest chunk of yardage he would gain all night.
2015 Week 7 vs SF (27 / 122 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Starting running back Marshawn Lynch was involved heavily in the offense in Week 7 as he rushed 27 times for 122 yards along with a 1-yard rushing touchdown diving over the pile. On his second carry of the night Lynch showed extreme balance and athleticism cutting behind the line of scrimmage and making a defender miss in the open field for a 17-yard gain. He would get nine carries on this opening drive and ultimately punch in a rushing touchdown at the goal line to finish it off. Lynch averaged 4.5 yards per carry behind sub-par offensive line play but clearly looked more healthy than he has of late battling through calf and hamstring injuries in the past month.
2015 Week 8 vs DAL (21 / 71 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Marshawn Lynch had 71 yards on 21 rush attempts in Week 8 against the cowboys and also added two catches for 11 yards. In a game where the offensive line played relatively well for the first time all year Lynch mostly underwhelmed with 3.3 yards per carry and a game-long run of just 12 yards. He lost yards on multiple occasions on the teams final drive and also showed a lack of game awareness running out of bounds to stop the clock. The volume will continue to be there as this is the second straight game in which he has been given 20-plus carries.
2015 Week 10 vs ARI (8 / 42 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Marshawn Lynch was listed as questionable against the Cardinals in Week 10 but played the entire game. Game script was a factor in his lack of production as Lynch finished with just 8 rush attempts for 42 yards. He did add a rushing touchdown off of a sack-fumble from Carson Palmer in the fourth quarter, as well as one reception for 8 yards. Seattle was forced to abandon the run early in this game as they were behind. Lynch did have a touchdown vultured by Will Tukuafu as well and his long play of the night was just 16 yards in the third quarter.
2014 Week 1 vs GB (20 / 110 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Lynch made the Packers look like a second team offense. Or maybe they just played like one - it's difficult to judge in week one. Whichever the case, Lynch had a great day and looked to be in mid-season form. He made steady gains early on, showing great balance and agility on an early scoring drive, as he slipped through holes with ease. He also has surprising speed that got him outside for good gains. In short, there were no flaws in his game. Speed, agility, vision, catching the ball well, all checked off the list. Lynch made several big runs up the middle and broke a couple outside for easy first downs. On his second TD, Lynch made it through a crowd for a three yard score, and though barely touched, he ran with enough power that a defender who had hold of his shirt tore it, but didn't stop the rest of him from crossing the goal line. The only caveat - though this may be a good thing in the long run - is that the Seahawks were not afraid to mix in Robert Turbin with a few carries. So, Lynch will always give up a few, but if this game was any indication, the short rests will only help his game.
2014 Week 2 vs SD (6 / 36 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 27 / 1 rec)
Lynch had a quiet start, with only three carries in the first half. Even though they were playing from behind, The Seahawks really tried to involve him in the short passing game. This eventually paid off well. At one point, the Chargers left Lynch uncovered and Wilson took full advantage, but the play was called back on a penalty. Next time this happened, they made no mistake and Lynch easily ran it in for a 14 yard TD. Overall, Lynch ran well, just not very often. The lack of touches were purely due to that game situation based on what we knew at the time, but the team has revealed that Lynch also had his back flare up during the game.
2014 Week 3 vs DEN (26 / 88 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 40 / 1 rec)
Beastmode was a workhorse in this game - in part due to the lack of work he got last game (six carries). Lynch ran hard the whole game and was given the ball at basically every critical moment. Early on, he had three tries from inside the 10-yard line, but was eventually stuffed at the 1. The Broncos defense was formidable and did not make it easy for him, but Lynch had the last laugh. As usual, he displayed great reads and cuts to find first down yardage even in crowded spaces. He displayed a lot of power. On one play it looked like he was stopped for no gain but dragged everyone forward for a nine yard gain. His longest run was 12 yards, but he made a big impact on a couple of receiving plays as well, notably on a swing pass that he took for a quick 21 yards. It really appears that the Seahawks are trying to get the ball in his hands more as a receiver this year - or maybe he's just doing more with the opportunities. At any rate, to the naked eye, he looks to have added more to his game in that area, showing great instincts all around: he has been getting open consistently, shown soft hands, and runs for plenty of yards after the catch. On his touchdown catch, Lynch actually lined up wide (inside) and ran a quick slant pattern, which he caught in stride and took into the end zone. Late in the game he was tackled for a safety but there was nothing he could have done about it, he was just smothered. In OT, it took great vision to zig zag up the middle and bounce off a defender at the goal line, for the winning score. Of note: the back injury he was nursing must be under control, based on the workload he handled.
2014 Week 5 vs WAS (17 / 72 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 45 / 1 rec)
Lynch strangely gave way to Robert Turbin on the opening drive, but after that he looked like his vintage self and got most of the snaps. Early on, he looked great dancing and pushing his way down the middle for a 17 yard gain (which was called back on a penalty however). Soon after, another similar run, with one cutback and he saw daylight for an easy 17 yard gain. After a couple of pedestrian plays, he then ran another 17 yard gain (what is it with these 17 yard gains?). But Lynch had no chance to really get in a rhythm this game, his carries were usually spread far apart as opposed to him dominating a whole drive, which we've become accustomed to seeing. Where he shone against Washington was in the clutch. Late in the game, he got the ball in the red zone and pushed hard for an important short yardage first down. That was followed by a TD catch which Lynch caught in the flat, broke a tackle, and ran into the end zone. At the two minute warning mark, Lynch put the game away with a miraculous catch and run first down - with Wilson facing all kinds of pressure, Lynch not only caught the ball but took it for a ton of extra yardage, 30 yard gain. He has definitely shown more prowess as a pass-catcher lately and seems to be taking over more of the passing downs from Robert Turbin.
2014 Week 6 vs DAL (10 / 61 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Lynch had basically no chances in the first half (2-8, plus a screen pass that was stopped short), largely because the Seahawks barely saw the ball. Later, he made an impact with a big 32 yard gain, breaking a couple of tackles along the way. Beyond that, Lynch looked decent but was kept in check by a surprisingly good defense. He had one target in the passing game, a screen pass that was nipped in the bud as soon as he caught the ball.
2014 Week 7 vs STL (18 / 53 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Lynch could have had a much better line, but had a touchdown called back, as well as an 18 yard gain. In the first half, he got stuffed a little too often, but came out in the second like a man on a mission and ran with incredible power. The Rams got off to an early lead, so that limited Lynch's role for some of the game but he was still leaned on pretty heavily under the circumstances. As long as the Seahawks can regain their form (and there is no reason why they shouldn't) then Lynch is all set to become an even larger part of the game plan going forward.
2014 Week 8 vs CAR (14 / 62 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Lynch was unspectacular but effective when called upon. Summing up his day were his first two plays from scrimmage: he was stuffed for negative yardage on an off tackle, then gained six yards on the next play. It was that kind of day. He could have contributed with a TD catch, but he couldn't handle Wilson's hard throw at the goal line. Instead, the ball bounced off his hands and turned into an interception. The game flow was against him for the most part - many 3-and-outs in the early going meant that he couldn't establish any rhythm at all. And now that Christine Michael is taking a few carries per game (along with Turbin, who also gets a few), it's possible that Lynch's role could continue hover around the 15 carry mark. Make no mistake, Lynch is the lead back here, by a longshot. But the Seahawks like to spread things out, and they also like to keep Lynch fresh, so it remains possible that what we've seen the past few games is what we'll get in most games going forward. The silver lining in all this? In the second half, the Seahawks began to feed the ball to Lynch, and for a moment he reminded us of just how he can take over a game when given the chance. He powered forward for 4-7 yards on each carry, with one big gain sprinkled in. If he can do that all day (and there's nothing to show he's not capable; but will the Seahawks lean on him more?) then his fantasy value will be more in line with where he was drafted.
2014 Week 9 vs OAK (21 / 67 / 2 rush, 5 / 5 / 76 / 0 rec)
Lynch finally had the right circumstances to shine this season. First, a porous defense to run through - or so it seemed. Second, a lead for most of the game. And third, opportunities in the passing game. His first touchdown, a 3-yarder, was vintage Lynch as he stayed on his feet even when stopped; but before the whistle blew, he and his lineman were able to create momentum and get into the end zone. It looked a lot like a rugby scrum. The Seahawks leaned on him pretty heavily early on, and he didn't disappoint, also making a catch for a first down. He did share the load somewhat with Turbin and Michael (21-5-4) but Lynch got the important carries, which included another goal line TD, in which he had a huge hole to run through. He could have gained more on the ground, had a couple of longer runs not been called back on penalties. Later in the game, he did have a big play, showing patient and deceptive running on a screen play that makes defenders miss enough for a 39 yard gain and got the Seahawks inside the 10.
2014 Week 10 vs NYG (21 / 140 / 4 rush, 1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Lynch had a monster game from start to finish. His Three of his four TDs were in short yardage situations, but all were hard-earned. The offensive line consistently gave him big holes to run through, and from there he broke tackles used his stellar vision to add a few more yards on most carries. If there was a downside to his game, it was that he got stopped a few times at the goal line as well. On one TD, he was actually stuffed on 1st and 2nd down, before finding daylight on the third try. His final score was a 16 yarder up the middle. The four TD's were a treat, but he dominated all over the field.
2014 Week 11 vs KC (24 / 124 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
On the first real drive of the game (after a three-and-out to start), Lynch had four consecutive carries for 35 yards before taking a quick breather. He looked great up the middle, powering through, and also managed to get outside for a big run. Lynch ran wild in general, but when it counted, at the goal line and on a 4th & 1 late in the match, was stopped twice by a very tough defense. He left the game briefly in the first half with an apparent injury, but returned and showed no signs of being slowed down by it.
2014 Week 12 vs ARI (15 / 39 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Lynch was the focal point of the offense early on and he ran hard against one of the best rushing defenses in the league. On the opening drive, Lynch had five rushes and a reception (on two targets). Robert Turbin came in for the second and third drives, however, as Lynch was nursing a back injury. When Lynch did return, he did not appear to miss a beat, but also wasn't able to break any long runs. His greatest contribution was in the passing game, with a couple of sizable gains due to finally having a little room to run. He looked stronger in the late stages of the game, but in most cases the defense was on him quickly.
2014 Week 13 vs SF (20 / 104 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Lynch ran the ball up the gut often, making steady gains, but looked very ordinary in the first half and seemed to be getting rested more than usual. Near the end of the half, Lynch seemed to get going and he carried that into his second half play. His big play of 33 yards came when he managed to beat LB Chris Borland one-on-one and got free to the outside. Lynch got stronger as the game wore on. He had one attempt at a goal line carry but was stuffed by the tough 49ers defense.
2014 Week 14 vs PHI (23 / 86 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 27 / 1 rec)
The Seahawks' starter began the game with a 21-yard run on a 3rd and 15 during the opening series. Seattle then rested Lynch during the second series and in the succeeding drives, Lynch was held to short gains despite the fact that he ran hard and frequently broke the initial tackle. He scored on a throwback to the left flat where he leaked to the area after a play fake that sent Russell Wilson rolling right before throwing the ball back to the runner for an easy score. By the late fourth quarter, the Eagles defense tired of hitting Lynch play after play and the starter routinely dragged defenders for strong gains by game's end. The only negative was a mid-fourth quarter fumble, his first in quite a while. However, defensive back Tharold Simon picked off Mark Sanchez in the next series and Lynch took over until the Eagles were in position for Seattle to allow Christine Michael to run the clock out.
2014 Week 15 vs SF (21 / 91 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Lynch had no big runs in this game, nor did he really get on track until the second half. And yet, he showed power and consistency when given his chances. His TD run almost looked too easy, as he was converting a short yardage play inside the ten, and after first contact was able to somehow break free and get into the end zone more or less untouched. Most impressive was the effort he put into each run while preserving the lead. Lynch just never quit. On one play, he looked like he was going to be tackled for a loss, but instead he managed to elude two defenders and ended up with a 7 yard gain.
2014 Week 16 vs ARI (10 / 113 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lynch stayed on the bench for the first quarter, in a bid to rest his back injury. It seemed to be a good idea, as he had a great game with only part time involvement. With only ten carries, he went over a hundred yards rushing and added two touchdowns. The first TD run was a great effort, as he not only had to push hard to gain the six yards, but stretched to get the ball over the goal line. His big 79 yard TD run is Highlight-of-the-Year material, and marked the longest run of his career. It started with a simple up the gut run, and then Lynch managed to break out of traffic toward the sideline. He was chased by speedy corner Patrick Peterson, who could neither strip the ball nor tackle him; Lynch then ran down the sideline, bowling over two more defenders, showing great concentration to keep in bounds, and then evaded on more diving tackler on the the way to the end zone.
2014 Week 17 vs STL (14 / 60 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Lynch had a very strange game. He received a carry for no gain in the first series of the game, and then didn't receive another carry until the second quarter. Lynch only saw three more carries than his backup, Robert Turbin, but the reasoning wasn't clear. It was possible the Seahawks had a concerted plan to rest Lynch for the playoff run. One thing that was clear though, was that Lynch is much more of an effective runner than Turbin, and useful asset as a pass catcher out of the backfield as well. On one of his catches in the second quarter, Lynch uncharacteristically fumbled the football after a 12 yard gain, which the Rams converted into their second field goal. Lynch got more effective as the game wore on as he often does, plunging the ball into the end zone from 9 yards out in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing Rams drive, the Seahawks converted a pick 6 which signified the end of Lynch's day. Lynch will likely be used for everything possible in the post season and then released after this year due to his high cap number next season.
2014 Week 19 vs CAR (14 / 59 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)
Lynch took a backseat to the passing game for a change. On a YPC basis, he had a fine game, just nothing to write home about. As we've seen before, he tends to get stronger as the game goes on, and in this one, surprised the Panther defense with a 25 yard burst, just as they thought they had him in check.
2014 Week 20 vs GB (25 / 157 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
Lynch truly was the saving grace for this offense, gutting it out, moving piles for consistent yardage, and typically getting stronger as the game wore on. With nothing else going well, at least the Seahawks knew they could depend on Lynch when the chips were down. And he did not let them down. He came up big on a few runs in the final quarter, and inside the two minute mark, brought the Seahawks back from the dead with a marvelous sideline catch that saw him just barely step out at the 9 yard line; followed by a 24 yard TD run with under a minute to go, that put them ahead for the first time all game.
2013 Week 1 vs CAR (17 / 43 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Lynch had a lackluster day, as his offensive line really had their hands full with the Panthers defense. His inside runs were almost always for positive yardage, but he never saw an opening to burst through for anything more than a few yards. Given the ineffectiveness of the running game, Lynch ended up taking a backseat to the passing game, and even yielded a few carries to Robert Turbin (who didn't fare much better). It was a tough matchup, sure, and the fact that Seattle was playing from behind for most of the game, didn't help Lynch's case any. Very late in the game, we saw his trademark burst, as he ran for a 14 yard first down that put the game away. It was too late to help his stats, but it showed that the Seahawks (and fantasy owners) should have nothing to worry about.
2013 Week 2 vs SF (28 / 98 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec)
A slow start ended well for Lynch as he nearly hit the century mark and finished with 3 TDs on the day. After a one hour weather delay, Lynch got down to the business of wearing down the SF defense. He took a handoff out of the shotgun, beating the blitz and then got outside quickly for a 14 yard gain. His first TD was another 14-yarder, again out of the shotgun and this time he found his way up a crowded middle, virtually untouched as he somehow found a running lane. Later, he found himself wide open for a 7 yard TD pass. And to cap things off, he finished with a short yardage score that looked like a no go, but he made a quick shift and found a lane. Make no mistake, Lynch was ON this game. He had a few big gains in which he looked downright elusive. Not necessarily what we've come to expect from the hard-nosed runner. And as a receiver, not only did he add the score, but he looked completely at home hauling in a the ball when he found himself wide open on the weak side of the field, as Wilson reversed his vision and threw across to him for a big 35 yard gain.
2013 Week 3 vs JAX (17 / 69 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lynch's numbers clearly don't tell enough of the story here, because at times, he looked unstoppable. The passing game really shone in this matchup (5 passing TD's, one QB rushing TD), and because of the sizable lead, Lynch came out of the game with about five minutes to go in the third quarter. His blockers opened up tons of holes, sometimes making it look like a pick-your-lane game. Lynch was in top form and was just shy of two scoring runs himself. The first time, he was stopped at the one yard line, and the very next play was a play action call that led to a passing TD. And the next time, he also got to the one yard line, but was stuffed on the ensuing play, which led to a Seattle field goal.
2013 Week 4 vs HOU (17 / 98 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Considering the fact that the Seahawks were playing from behind for almost the whole game, Lynch's numbers are more than respectable. Early in the game, he gained nearly half of his total yardage on one play. From inside the 5 yard lien, he somehow found a seam through the middle, broke free to the outside, and then made at least three defenders miss, for a 43 yard gain. He became a part of the passing game as well (and was actually the leading receiver for the Seahawks), as he showed the same burst and nimbleness when gaining yards after the catch. He did fumble once, after being stuffed and driven backwards by Brian Cushing. In the final frame, the Seahawks went back to the running game, and it was a good call. Even though they needed two scores, Lynch was clearly their best chance. He didn't disappoint, and scored on a surprise quick pitch that fooled the defense and had him across the goal line untouched.
2013 Week 5 vs IND (17 / 102 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Lynch had a big run on the first play from scrimmage, and followed it up with a couple more in the first quarter, while the Seahawks staked an early lead. He excelled when taking the ball up the middle. He read his blocks very well, starting inside and continued to find a seam to get him outside and into the open field. When the play was to the outside, he usually found resistance and made short gains only. Because the game plan is centered around Lynch, the combination of play action and option calls kept the defense on their toes enough for him to find room on most plays. He was his usual physical presence as well, very hard to take down. On one play, he almost comically, shook free from a tackler who was holding on tightly to his leg, and gained an extra five yards. If the Seahawks had maintained the lead in this game, Marshawn Lynch could have run away with it. He's definitely hit his stride.
2013 Week 6 vs TEN (21 / 77 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 78 / 0 rec)
On a day when there were worries about Lynch's apparent hip injury, he came through in a big way, and didn't appear limited at all. When the going got tough, they went to Lynch. When the going was good, they went to Lynch. He really was the (um, bad pun alert) lynchpin of the Seahawks versatile offense. Not only did he score twice on the ground, he also was the team's leading receiver. He didn't have any huge plays on the ground, but consistently broke the first tackle and often two, which led to a steady amount of yardage. His average carry is brought down by his short yardage use, but make no mistake, he was difficult to stop. Wilson also looked to Lynch a lot through the air. In the first half, there were no big gains, but in the second they connected for a big 55 yard play. Lynch wasn't even the first read; Wilson began to scramble, and went cross-field to Lynch, who had no one covering him. Lynch did the rest with his running ability. The two touchdowns were each from inside the five. On the first, he pounded through the defense, and on the second ran through untouched. One mistake Lynch made - to add to a game filled with them - happened early in the 4th Quarter, when he took a handoff at the six yard line and fumbled. It looked like it was going to go the other way for six, but a lucky bounce gave it right back to the quarterback.
2013 Week 7 vs ARI (21 / 91 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
After a big receiving game last week, Lynch's only reception was on a screen play early in the game, which was for a mere 3 yard gain. His ground game, though, more than made up for his lack of work as a receiver. Much credit to his offensive line, too, as there were numerous plays in which Lynch countered direction, and the whole defense was caught, leading to easy looking first downs. The Arizona defense actually was quite stout in short yardage situations, but the rest of the time, Lynch ran free and made a number of big gains. One in particular stood out. In the second half, running from inside the six yard line, Lynch in the space of six yards, ran around, over, and through defenders, landing at the goal line (it would eventually be overturned as a non-TD after review). With each defender, it looked like he was stopped, but Lynch just kept on moving. Later on, after an interception gave the Seahawks possession at the 1 yard line, Lynch had two chances and converted the second for a score. Lynch showed how much of a team player and warrior he is by fighting for every inch, even when killing the clock.
2013 Week 8 vs STL (8 / 23 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Lynch actually had a really nice 15 yard gain on a sweep, in which he made a couple of defenders miss with a nifty spin move; unfortunately, the play was called back on a penalty. Despite the low yardage total, Lynch himself didn't look bad. The problem two-fold: he always was dealing with multiple Rams instantly surrounding him whenever he touched the ball. And the Seahawks were constantly being put into passing situations, as the Rams defense put pressure on the QB all day.
2013 Week 9 vs TB (21 / 125 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)
On the opening drive, Lynch ran free, gaining around 10 yards on each carry, and without much trouble. He then left the game for a short while, appearing to be nursing an injury. He returned in the second quarter, but the Seattle offense wasn't on the field enough for him to make an impact. It is worth noting that his short-term replacement, Robert Turbin, did not enjoy the same success. Lynch was running aggressively and looked as good as we've seen him this season. In the second half, he continued to toy with the Tampa Bay defense. At times, it looked like there might be a rule that he was not allowed to be tackled until after he passed the first down marker. With the team passing mode late in the game, Lynch caught a couple of balls (and dropped one), but not for any significant gains. Worth noting is the play action call at the 3-yard line that was intercepted. Why would the Seahawks not call Lynch's number in this situation, when he was completely dominant on the ground up to that point? In overtime, he got the call a number of times, and broke a long run (which set up the winning field goal) that was almost looking like a scoring play.
2013 Week 10 vs ATL (24 / 145 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Lynch fought hard for each yard in the early stages of the game, but eventually he wore down a weak run defense. He was active in the passing game early on, pulling in three short receptions on the first drive. Bottom line, a big part of the game plan was clearly to get the ball in Lynch's hands, and even when the Falcons keyed on him, they couldn't stop him. In the second quarter, Lynch broke a big 37 yard play up the middle, showing off his speed and strength in the same play as it took three guys to haul him down. After that, he had several similar looking runs that took him easily past the first down marker, usually dragging a defender or two with him. Lynch just got stronger as the game went on, and the Seahawks kept feeding him the ball. Hes at the top of his game right now.
2013 Week 11 vs MIN (17 / 54 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec)
Lynch's yardage total was far from impressive, but he ran with power and made big plays when it counted. Oh, and yes, he scored three times. The Seahawks started things off with the power running game and looked good, but Lynch made an uncharacteristic fumble on second play of the game, and was very lucky not to lose possession. Still, the Seahawks were determined to feed him the ball, and the Vikings were determined to key on him, so something had to give. On the last play of the first quarter, he ended the stalemate with a beautiful cut that opened up the four yards between him and the goal line. On his next touch, he shredded the defense, for 24 yards, going untouched for about 19 and dragging the pile with him for an additional five yards. On the same drive, with the ball at the six, Lynch carried the ball three consecutive times, finishing with a gutsy one-yarder. Overall, his yardage total was tempered by the fact that he carried often in short yardage situations, combined with a tough run defense. He broke off a few longish runs, and made the highlight reel with his shovel-pass reception that he took in for the score.
2013 Week 13 vs NO (16 / 45 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Lynch ran with power up the middle, but on the day had no big gains. The Saints defense descended on him quickly not only when he had the ball, but also when used as a decoy, which shows exactly how valuable he is. Early on, he was used frequently as a checkdown receiver, and showing he can be elusive as well as powerful. His specialty, the short yardage/goal line play eluded him as well; He fumbled once in the red zone (but did not lose it); and late in the game with a big lead, actually was stuffed quite often. And yet, his value to the team was evident in so many ways. Whenever the call was play action or a read-option that the QB held on to, the defense paid so much attention to Lynch that it's a shame he didn't get credit for some of the yards gained on those plays. One last thing that he rarely gets noticed for is his pass blocking, which made an impact in this game (and others, but of course, it's not something you'll ever see on the stat sheet).
2013 Week 14 vs SF (20 / 72 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
From the start, Lynch hit the Niners with pure, smash mouth football. He ran it up the gut with power, and even when stopped for a short gain, he still looked like he was winning the battle. Then, on just the second drive for the Seahawks, Lynch got outside for a ten yard gain. Then, early in the second quarter, he had a red zone carry from the 11 yard line, ran straight down the middle, made a single cut which gave him some daylight, and flat out, ran over a couple of defenders on his way to the end zone. Unfortunately, that was his longest run of the day. He was able to shed the first tackler often, but the defense bottled him in from there on out, not allowing him to break free for any big gains.
2013 Week 15 vs NYG (16 / 47 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)
Early in the game, Lynch was used often as a receiver. Mainly this was when Wilson scrambled, and then on a swing pass which came up just short of the first down. The Giants defense shut down the run pretty handily, allowing short gains only. But Lynch's short yardage and red zone carries were great. He carried the ball from the 6 to the 3 yard line, and then won an epic battle to cross the goal line on the next play. While there wasn't much for him on the ground, Lynch mad another short catch and turned it into 30 yard gain with 1:22 left in half. He had another short yardage TD nullified by penalty later in the game; and then ceded the 4th quarter to Robert Turbin as the game was well in hand.
2013 Week 16 vs ARI (18 / 71 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Lynch started the game with a big run, getting them out of what was terrible field position. After that, he had trouble finding running lanes inside. He did well running outside, with a big gain on a pitch, and then a 7 yard gain on the same play in the red zone. Lynch was there in the two minute drill (often he is replaced by Turbin in that situation) with a short catch, nearly enough for the first down. He got his goal line chances, too, but was stopped just short, and then stuffed again on a one yard plunge.
2013 Week 17 vs STL (23 / 97 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Lynch fell down on his first carry, and still gained two yards after he got up. He really gained steam gradually, with only one decent run in the first quarter, among several very short gains. In the second quarter, Lynch began to win the battle, gaining 3-7 yards on most carries. He was consistent, finding the hole and breaking tackles even when being mauled by the Rams defense. His red zone touchdown run looked remarkably easy, as he waited for the hole to open and sauntered through to the end zone untouched.
2013 Week 19 vs NO (28 / 140 / 2 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Lynch was at times a one man show in this game. With the passing game fizzling, Lynch moved the chains on the ground. He also got stuffed a number of times for no gain or a loss, but seemed to wear the defense down gradually. Lynch showed great vision on his first TD run, staying behind his blocker until the last possible second before making his move and scampering toward the end zone (where he also ran over a guy to get the score). His second score was a 31 yarder, as he got to the outside and schooled a defensive back one-on-one before going all the way.
2013 Week 20 vs SF (22 / 109 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lynch got off to a slow start, but he was able to keep plugging away and eventually put his stamp on this Seattle win. In the second half, Lynch was more patient and using nifty footwork to find holes and burst through them for good gains in the first drive of the second half. Finally, he was able to break through to the third level and run away from the defense to the pylon for a long touchdown to ignite a crowd and Seahawks offense that had done little to cheer about up to that point. Lynch had a few more nice runs in the third down and kept running with outstanding effort until the very end. The fumbled exchange after the missed Navorro Bowman takeaway was on Russell Wilson for holding the ball too high, not Lynch.
2013 Week 21 vs DEN (15 / 39 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marshawn Lynch had the bad fortune of playing against the one element of the Denver Broncos that actually showed up to the Super Bowl- the run defense. Led by defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, Denver overwhelmed Seattle's blocking, consistently hit Marshawn Lynch at the point of attack, and prevented him from making any of the signature tackle-breaking plays that he's so known for. By the end of the day, Marshawn Lynch's performance was even uglier than his 15-carry, 39-yard stat line suggested, as his short carries constantly stranded Wilson in poor down-and-distance situations.
2012 Week 1 vs ARI (21 / 85 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Back spasms didn't slow Lynch down, but early on the Arizona front seven sure did. The Cardinal had eight in the box on nearly every play as Lynch totaled seven yards on his first three carries. On the second series he finally found a hole and then trucked a linebacker six yards downfield before falling forward for a gain of ten. Lynch started the second quarter with good burst through the hole for a six yard gain and was clearly running angry again. A nine yard run to start the second half was vintage Lynch busting through tackles and fighting for every inch. He fumbled at the end of the run but was saved by Russell Wilson's great hustle to recover it. A seven yard run from the eighteen set the Seahawks up with 1st and goal from the 10 later in the quarter but they called three straight passes so Lynch didn't see a scoring opportunity. Lynch didn't see very many holes open up in the 4th quarter, other than an 11 yard run on 3rd and 26. It was the kind of day where you were surprised to see he ended up with 85 yards but it was a testament to his effort and Pete Carroll's refusal to give up on the running game.
2012 Week 2 vs DAL (26 / 122 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After a rather uneventful 22-yard performance in the first half, Lynch made sure he set the tone on his first carry of the 2nd half. Entering a pile at the line of scrimmage, it appeared Dallas had Lynch bottled up, but as we have all learned with Lynch, the play is never dead. Lynch squirmed his way to the outside, planted a stiff arm on Ware and rumbled for 16 yards. The drive ultimately stalled, but the tone was set. The next drive saw Lynch's longest carry of the game at 36 yards. After starting at their own 10-yard line, Seattle hit the Dallas defense with four consecutive runs, the last being a 36-yard rumble for Lynch through a gaping hole in the right side of the line, leading to the teams first offensive TD. The success of the rushing game helped kick off the next drive, as a play action fake to Lynch had Ware chasing Lynch leaving Wilson to operate on the edge. Lynch continued to gobble up yards on the drive, accumulating 25 yards and culminating with Lynch walking in from three-yards out. The 2nd half was Beast Mode time, as Lynch gained hit the century mark in the 2nd half alone, breaking the will of the Dallas defense along with way. Even in two and three-yard gains, Lynch consistently delivered punishment with initiated contact and the effects certainly showed in the 2nd half as Dallas wore down.
2012 Week 3 vs GB (25 / 98 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Marshawn Lynch was a hammer and incredibly useful tool for Seattle to have and to help QB Wilson win this game. Lynch was used very effectively with good run blocking, that pushed back defenders often and gave some running room despite the defense looking to stop the run and not respecting the passing game much. He was featured heavily and trusted with the ball on all but one rushing attempt. Lynch was used mostly in inside zone runs up the middle or stretch plays to the outside, allowing him to pick the correct hole and try to exploit the weakness of the defense. Lynch was excellent on 3rd / 4th and short plays to convert for first downs. Lynch crucially converted a 4th and 2 play on the final drive, showing excellent power and sheer determination not to be denied. Lynch is a perfect fit for this offense and kept the Seahawks in very manageable down and distance situations despite the lack of threat of a legitimate passing attack. His role was very specific, rarely being involved in the passing game and simply asked him to get as many yards as possible on simple runs up the gut of the packer defense.
2012 Week 4 vs STL (20 / 118 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
The lone bright spot for the Seahawks offense was none other than Marshawn Lynch. He ran violently between the tackles and showed burst off tackle taking a few runs wide for big gains. He broke an 18 yard touchdown run early in the first quarter which set the stage for the day as he continued to bowl over defenders and anyone in his way. The power running game the Seahawks deploy is executed perfectly by their offensive line and allows Lynch to blow up would be tacklers as he hits the hole. Even the instances he is met before the line of scrimmage, Lynch was often fighting through two to three defenders and gaining positive yardage. What makes Lynch's final stat line (20 carries, 118 yards, 1TD & 4 catches, 37 yards) is he had no support from the passing game. Lynch was often facing eight men in the box and was still able to rip off just shy of 6 YPC. Lynch is a willing and ferocious pass blocker, has improved his hands and was just 4 yards shy of WR Sidney Rice's team leading 41 yards. Lynch continues to be the best player on this team and is beginning to solidify his status as a top RB in the NFL.
2012 Week 5 vs CAR (21 / 85 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Marshawn Lynch, despite not having an impressive day statistically speaking, made a huge impact on the outcome of the game. Lynch's tough, no-nonsense running style bore little fruit early on, but the Panthers' defense began to tire later and Lynch took advantage, rushing for 10 yards on the game's decisive play, a 3rd-and-10 inside Seattle's 20-yard line. Lynch broke tackles and looked decisive with his cutbacks. Overall, it was a typical Lynch display. His only blunder was a pass that was bobbled into the air and intercepted - a pass he should have held on to. Lynch had a nice 15 yard burst called back by penalty early on.
2012 Week 6 vs NE (15 / 41 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
As his counterpart on the Patriots, Marshawn Lynch found himself struggling to get anything going on the ground gaining just 41 yards on 15 carries to go along with 1 reception for 11 yards giving him his lowest yardage total of the season. The Patriots defensive line got pressure seemingly at will and broke up a number of runs in the backfield. Lynch didn't show his typical power or explosiveness on many of his runs, and one may question the wear and tear on the physical runner thus far with the volume of carries he's received. A bye week will do him well.
2012 Week 7 vs SF (19 / 103 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Frank Gore, rightfully, received a lot of praise after this game, but Marshawn Lynch proved himself to be the better runner. Gore's two big runs on the day gave him a better stat line, but those runs, like most of his on the day, came from superb blocking. While Lynch wasn't exactly getting no help, he was turning short gains into bigger chunks on a consistent basis with his power. Lynch had multiple 15 yard runs for his longest of the day. Both plays were well blocked, but Lynch broke arm tackles and found space to extend them even further. Where Gore did prove to be a better player than Lynch on the day, although it must be said he received many more opportunities also, was as a receiver. Lynch's only reception came off play action when Russell Wilson checked the ball down to him in the flat. Lynch ran forward before hesitating and powering through the defender for a first down and five extra yards.`His only other target of the day was a key drop late in the game when he had the opportunity to turn a well blocked screen pass into a big gain.
2012 Week 8 vs DET (12 / 105 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Despite a career long 77-yard TD run to the open the 2nd quarter, Marshawn Lynch did not look his bruising self against the Detroit Lions. Not one to usually go down on first contact or behind the line of scrimmage, Lynch was dropped in the backfield for negative runs on one third of his carries. At one point in the 3rd quarter, Lynch took the carry off left tackle into a gaping hole. Safety Louis Delmas was all that stood between Lynch and another gigantic run. Rarely on the losing end of one on ones, especially against a defensive back, Lynch went down way too easy and was only able to pick up three yards. Lynch's best run may have been a ten-yard scamper on what appeared to be game winning drive in the 4th quarter. Running again off left tackle, Lynch was able to use a stiff arm at contact on the line of scrimmage in order to get the edge and pick up 10. We'd be remiss to not discuss Lynch's burst on his TD run, but it was not your prototypical Beast Mode run. Taking the toss right, Lynch used one cut into a massive hole and ran untouched for 77 yards. The blocking was pristine, especially downfield as Lynch only had to outrun a trailing Kyle Vanden Bosch. Lynch was also targeted three times in the passing game, but had only one catch for one yard. A nicely set up screen, Lynch was again bested by Delmas, whom was able to get a hand on his foot and bring Lynch down fairly easily after the short gain.
2012 Week 9 vs MIN (26 / 124 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
At the end of every run, there was a defender getting hit by Marshawn Lynch as opposed to the defender doing the hitting. Lynch ran with such power and strength that defenders were often caught beneath his churning legs. When the offensive line opened a large hole, Lynch was able to burst through with good speed and drag defenders for extended gains. When the offensive line could only open gaps, Lynch ran with great patience, following blockers until an opportunity arose for him to rush through an opening. There were plays where defenders wrapped their arms around Lynch's hips, yet Lynch continued to rumble forward. Harrison Smith tried to lower his shoulder and take Lynch's legs out head on, only to bounce right off. Lynch's touchdown run came on a 3 yard run, where Minnesota called a play that actually moved defenders away from where Seattle's run was directed. With only the defensive line to get past, Lynch followed his blocker, lowered his head and drove through the line for the short touchdown. On a screen in the second half, Lynch caught the pass and displayed incredible vision to see where tacklers were coming from and where the holes were, and then executed great cuts to elude defenders. The only thing that stopped Lynch was when he was met in the backfield. With a limited amount of acceleration, Lynch needed enough ground to gain a head of steam. Without that space, Lynch was often taken down immediately.
2012 Week 10 vs NYJ (27 / 124 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
It was the tale of two halves for Lynch. During the first half, Lynch rushed for just 39 yards on 14 carries and caught one pass for 27 yards. The Jet defense was very physical, attacking Lynch at the line of scrimmage and punishing him with aggressive gang tackles. During his team's third drive, Lynch lazily fumbled away a 3rd-and-3 carry on the New York 40-yard line. Lynch did not press the ball against his rib cage, allowing Muhammad Wilkerson to punch the ball out. However, Lynch would atone for this mistake. During his team's sixth drive, Lynch grabbed a screen pass and ran down the right sideline for a 27-yard gain. Lynch made the first tackler miss before getting behind his blockers and accelerating into the open field. Later in the drive, Lynch took advantage of Jeremy Kerley special teams blunder by cashing in on a one-yard touchdown plunge. The Jet defense stopped Lynch at the line of the scrimmage, but Lynch's second effort propelled him in for the score. During the second half, Lynch unlocked his inner 'beast mode' as he wore down the battered Jet defense. Lynch ran for 51, third quarter yards and routinely attacked the line of scrimmage. During his team's ninth drive, Lynch took a 2nd-and-10 carry up the middle. At first glance, it appeared Lynch was stopped for a one-yard gain, but he kept his legs moving, broke away from one tackler to earn a nine-yard gain. During the fourth quarter, Lynch cashed in on his longest run of the day. On a 2nd-and-13 play, Lynch ran up the middle, cut right, hurdled a rookie tackler, and ran through two arm tackles for an 18-yard gain. With his team holding a second half lead, Lynch could smell the finish line and had no problem punishing defenders.
2012 Week 12 vs MIA (19 / 46 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
The Dolphins stopped Lynch in his tracks in Miami, limiting the third-leading rusher in the league to a mere forty-six yards on nineteen carries. Lynch had absolutely nowhere to go against a Dolphins run defense that often met him behind the line of scrimmage for negative yardage. The Seahawks opted to use Robert Turbin in passing situations, and, coupled with getting only three offensive possessions in the second half, the game flow left Lynch the odd man out. This is not to say Lynch did not hit the hole hard or attempt to bounce to the outside to find room to run - which he did, ripping one sixteen yard run off the left end of the offensive line - but Miami routinely stacked the box to prevent Lynch from getting multiple big runs, even as its defense wore down.
2012 Week 13 vs CHI (19 / 87 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Chicago came into the game as one of the top rushing defenses in the league. It definitely impacted Lynch at the start of the game, where he racked up 38 yards on his first three carries, but fumbled the second one and the Bears drove down and scored after making the recovery. After that, Lynch was pretty much held in check, and was used as more of a decoy for Russell Wilson, especially late in the game and in overtime. Lynch had two key carries on the final drive of regulation - a six yard catch and run where Charles Tillman punched the ball out at the end but it went out of bounds, and a 12 yard off tackle run on the next play to keep the ball moving down the field. After that, Wilson used play action to Lynch to buy himself time and either roll out and throw the ball or continue running to pick up the first down. In overtime, Wilson opened up with a fake like that, and broke the run for 11 yards. He handed off to Lynch on the next play, and Lynch powered ahead for 14 yards, putting the Bears on their heels right from the opening play. Two plays later on 3rd and 2, Wilson again faked to Lynch and took off for a gain of five and another key first down. Lynch had a few more carries up the gut, but it was the play action fake that led to the TD pass to Sidney Rice and the win. Lynch's TD run was also out of the shotgun - an inside handoff and Lynch was able to pick his way through the line for the score. For the day, Lynch only finished with 87 yards rushing, but more than half of Russell Wilson's rushing totals were the direct result of the Bears over-committing when trying to stop Lynch.
2012 Week 14 vs ARI (11 / 128 / 3 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lynch brought his Beast Mode mentality this week against Arizona. He needed just 11 carries to break 120 rushing yards and collect three touchdowns. The Seattle offensive line dominated Arizona's front seven on nearly every snap. Lynch was cutting well and seemed to make the right read on every defender he encountered. In the second half, Lynch had a few carries before Robert Turbin and Leon Washington handled the remainder of the attempts. The Arizona defense looked like it wanted no part of tackling the physical Lynch more and more with each successive carry. With a 38-0 lead, Lynch made his final big run of the game, hurdling some congestion at the line of scrimmage before finding daylight at the second level. There was no one there in the secondary and Lynch galloped for the touchdown. Reminiscent of 2011, Lynch has now strung together seven touchdowns in his last six games after just two scores in the first seven weeks. With the Bills on the schedule in Week 15, Lynch could be a major factor in fantasy football playoff matchups next week.
2012 Week 15 vs BUF (10 / 113 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Facing his former team for the first time since his trade, Lynch (in only ten carries) stomped all over the Buffalo defense. The true antithesis to C.J. Spiller was vicious through the hole, using minimal cuts and punishing potential tacklers. Using the success of the read option (namely the defenses shift in attention), Lynch was able to break off a game high 54-yard run through the middle of the defense. With the defense set on the edges and the interior compensating, a gaping hole opened for Lynch as he ran straight ahead. Not even needing to cut or shift, Lynch wasn't touched until he was tackled just short of the goal line. With the game quickly out of hand, Lynch only received one carry in the 2nd half, but he made sure to make it count. Running left, Lynch easily got the edge and ran untouched into the end zone for the 14-yard TD run. Lynch also caught one pass on a designed screen for 14 yards and used a nice cut just after he caught the low pass to avoid a tackle and get up field. It's easy to see there was much more out there for Lynch, but there was just no sense is walking him out there with such a massive lead.
2012 Week 16 vs SF (26 / 111 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
The loss of Justin Smith in the middle of the 49er defense allowed the offensive line of Seattle to block open more holes than last game, and the exceptional level that Russell Wilson ran the zone read allowed Lynch to consistently run through space. On his first carry, Lynch ran through a large hole than cut behind a blocker in the second level. As he approached the goal line, Lynch lowered his shoulder and barreled through a tackler to get in to the end zone for a touchdown. The power and quickness of Lynch was incredibly impressive in its own right, but his vision was what allowed the running back to use these skills to full effect. When the intended hole filled, Lynch was able to see new gaps open and cut through, slipping through gaps with tight lateral moves. When all gaps were filled, Lynch lowered his pads and attacked the tackler, slamming the defense and pushing the wall backwards. Lynch possessed both the patience to wait for holes to open and the judgment of when to lower the shoulder and create space by attacking. Lynch also contributed a great deal in the passing game, as his receiving touchdown was the result of a well designed play to open space underneath. With the receivers clearing out the defense by crossing away from the left side, Lynch was able to slip out from behind the line to catch the ball in space and walk in to the end zone. All game long, the running back attacked open holes and gaps to keep the San Francisco defense reeling. As Seattle's lead became insurmountable, the running back was used as a battering ram to drain the clock, and Lynch looked as powerful in the 4th quarter as he did in the 1st.
2012 Week 17 vs STL (18 / 100 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
If it wasn't for the machine that is Adrian Peterson, it's hard to imagine another RB who'd be talked about more than Lynch for his 2012 campaign. Lynch again put together another spectacular performance, averaging 5.6 yards a carry on 18 carries. Lynch found lots of space early, especially on his two longest carries of the day, the first going for 24 yards and the next, 19. Running through a gaping hole to open the Seahawks 3rd drive of the game, Lynch was faced with a dilemma as he was running down the sideline. Having worked to get to this point, he had essentially been untouched for the duration of the run and could easily slip out of bounds without any contact whilst still amassing a 20+ yard run. Of course, Lynch didn't disappoint and made sure to attack S Craig Dahl with everything he had before being gang tackled to the ground. The following drive's opening play looked very similar, with Lynch running essentially untouched downfield before attacking another DB before getting shoved out of bounds after picking up 19 yards. There are plenty of exciting players in the NFL, but no one is quite like Marshawn Lynch. Each carry on Sunday brought back fond memories of Lynch's days at Cal, specifically his ghost riding the medical cart after a victory against Washington. Just as Lynch wildly maneuvered through traffic with absolute abandonment that sunny Saturday afternoon, so too did he "drive" through traffic against the Rams, bouncing off potential tacklers while maintaining a balance that is unmatched in the league. Forget the Mike Vick Experience, I want to take the Marshawn Lynch Joy Ride. Lynch just missed scoring a TD on Seattle's final drive. After it was initially ruled a TD on the four-yard run, replay overturned the call as it showed Lynch just barely stepping out before getting into the end zone. Lynch also caught two passes for 14 yards, with a long of eight yards coming after Wilson frantically scrambled on the play. Lynch did have one fumble on the game winning drive, but was saved by Golden Tate who recovered it.
2012 Week 18 vs WAS (20 / 132 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Lynch stole the show as Seattle's biggest offensive weapon, carrying the ball twenty times for one hundred and thirty-one rushing yards. The always-entertaining halfback proved challenging for the Washington defense to bring down, even when the Redskins stacked the box with eight defenders to stop him. Lynch had some difficult getting going early in the game, but managed to wear down Washington's defensive line as the game progressed. Lynch got going early in the second quarter when quarterback Russell Wilson fumbled a read-option handoff, which Lynch recovered and took eighteen yards down the field. The veteran halfback ripped off runs of fifteen and twenty-six yards, respectively, in the third quarter, exhibiting a shiftiness befitting of much-smaller ball carriers. However, soon after he brought the Seahawks to the Washington two-yard-line in the third quarter, Lynch fumbled the ball at the goal line and gave possession of the football back to Washington. The poster child for Skittles as a performance-enhancing supplement earned his keep in the end, however, chewing up eighteen yards on a fourth-quarter scamper before blazing a trail into the Washington red zone from twenty-seven yards out, carrying multiple Washington defenders with him until he broke the plane for a Seahawks touchdown. Lynch's change-of-direction on the fourth-quarter touchdown run was jaw-dropping, as he completely stopped in his tracks while running left, shuffled his feet, and sprinted toward the right side of the field. Lynch came close to hitting paydirt a second time, later in the fourth quarter, but Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson stopped him four yards short of the stripe. Against the Falcons' less-than-stellar run defense, Lynch should dazzle once again, when Atlanta and Seattle meet in the Divisional round.
2012 Week 19 vs ATL (16 / 46 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
The unofficial Skittles pitchman had a forgettable day in the Georgia Dome. Lynch turned in one of his worst efforts of the season, carrying the ball sixteen times for a mere forty-six yards rushing, while adding thirty-seven yards receiving on three catches. His long run of the day was an eleven-yard jaunt that ended with a fumble and a lost ball, setting up a first quarter drive by the Falcons that ended in a touchdown. Lynch had a tough road to hoe all afternoon against Atlanta, a team that other squads ran on with ease in the regular season. The California product still gave his maximum effort, though, routinely moving piles of defenders and making something out of nothing with a powerful, churning leg drive. Still, with his Seahawks down by twenty points at the half, Lynch found his number called with less frequency as Seattle had to take to the air to make up its deficit. Regardless of game flow, the Seahawks' usage of Lynch in short-yardage situations was puzzling indeed. On third and then fourth-and-one in the second quarter, Seattle called on Robert Turbin and then fullback Michael Robinson to move the chains at the Atlanta eleven yard line, and neither had any success. In the fourth quarter on first-and-goal, the Seahawks dialed up Lynch, who got stopped short of the stripe, and opted for a pass play on second-and-goal. Lynch still had time for heroics, however. Later in the fourth quarter, with Seattle driving, Lynch took a dump-off pass from Russell Wilson twenty-four yards before being pushed out of bounds by Falcons safety Chris Hope at the Atlanta three yard line. Lynch would slash through the Falcons goal line package on the next play from scrimmage - and fumble, though replay showed that he broke the plane first - and put six more points on the board for Seattle, giving his team a narrow lead with under a minute to go in the Georgia Dome.
2011 Week 1 vs SF (13 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Lynch was pegged by many to have a nice year this season. A lack of a passing game and injuries to offensive line put a damper on that camp's opinions in this game. Lynch rarely had any room to maneuver. An early injury to the team's only fullback, Michael Robinson, slowed Lynch down even more. His first two carries post-Robinson netted zero yards, and his long of 12 didn't come until the third quarter after Seattle had thrown for a first down on the previous play. Some may see this game's score and think that if Seattle hadn't been so far behind, perhaps Lynch could have gotten into more of a rhythm. That's unlikely considering San Francisco's scoring woes had this as just a 9-0 game at halftime - certainly not a time to abandon the run. Lynch is still a talented back, but he needs space to operate. Seattle's line just didn't give him that in this game. As new offensive line coach Tom Cable continues to work with his line and Robert Gallery - injured for this game - potentially returns, the team's run game could improve. It doesn't have much room to get worse.
2011 Week 2 vs PIT (6 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Lynch struggled to get going, but his attempts were very limited. Seattle couldn't sustain a drive and only ended up with 164 yards of total offense in the whole game. Since they were behind the whole game, any game plan that involved establishing Lynch was abandoned early. Despite what the statline might suggest, Lynch ran tough. He simply had no room to operate as Seattle was starting two rookies on the right side of their line at guard and tackle. Outside of his seven-yard long, Lynch's most impressive touch was perhaps a simple one-yard gain where he got outside and delivered a hard stiff-arm to a Pittsburgh defender but was steered out of bounds. That play was a microcosm of Seattle's day - even when attempting to play hard and tough, they wasn't much room to operate. The Pittsburgh defense is certainly stout, but this Seattle team will continue to struggle all year unless the playcalling and execution improves.
2011 Week 3 vs ARI (19 / 73 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Lynch gets style points. He looks like he's working so hard (and he probably is) but the net result always seems to be a low yards per carry. He is hard to take down once he gets momentum, but the Seattle line rarely opens up holes big enough for him to gain said momentum. To his credit, he did not often go down on first hit, and gained the important yards when called upon in short yardage situations.
2011 Week 4 vs ATL (8 / 24 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Lynch's numbers aren't exactly inspiring, but for the most part he did what the team needed him to do as the passing game took centre stage. While Lynch didn't get far rushing the ball, he did look impressive on his 10 yard touchdown run, as he allowed the hole to develop and then timed the burst perfectly as he ran through untouched. He also was adept at using his blockers on a 26 yard gain from a screen pass. Low number of touches aside, one other blemish to his game was that he dropped an easy one in the red zone. He was close enough that, had he caught it, he would have had a chance to score.
2011 Week 5 vs NYG (12 / 98 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Marshawn Lynch had a very explosive run that accounted for most of his yards on Sunday. Lynch enjoyed great blocking on a sealed run to the outside and turned on the jets to run down to the goal line. Seattle then rewarded Lynch for his efforts by giving him the ball again for his touchdown, on a simple running play up the middle as the Giants defense collapsed again. The Seahawks then turned away from Lynch and the running game later against the Giants as they were having good success through the air aswell. Lynch had a fumble early in the game and cost his team points as they were in the Giants red zone. This may have damaged the Coaches confidence in him. RB's that face the Giants usually don't have great games unless they score on the goal line as teams generally find it easy to pass against them.
2011 Week 8 vs CIN (16 / 24 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lynch had a very frustrating day, at one point yelling at some coaches on the sideline after the Seahawks had failed to drive the ball into the end zone, settling for a field goal instead. Lynch was constantly hit at or behind the line of scrimmage and had no chance on the odd play where he tried to get to the corner. The offensive line just couldn't give him the holes he needed and the Bengals were able to swarm to the ball when they did. Occasionally Lynch was able to make some headway, such as on his touchdown run in the fourth quarter. On that play the offensive line did a great job of pushing the Bengals defensive line to the right, giving Lynch an easy walk into the end zone.
2011 Week 9 vs DAL (23 / 135 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Lynch had perhaps his best game of the season against Dallas. He ran hard and looked very comfortable in identifying the hole and hitting it quickly. In prior weeks the Seahawks had difficulty opening holes between the tackles for Lynch which led to him dancing behind the line of scrimmage too often. Against Dallas he seemed much more trusting of his line and the payoff was immense. Lynch's best run of the day came on a fourth quarter touchdown with the Seahawks trailing 23-6. On the play, Lynch took the ball off tackle to the right. He hit the hole quickly but was hit short of the end zone. Lynch kept his feet driving, ultimately spinning out of the grasp of a would-be tackler and scoring the Seahawks only touchdown of the day. The Seahawks are running Lynch both inside and to the outside but, in a departure from some prior games, he is much more committed to powering up the middle for a short gain instead of trying to break a run to the outside incurring a loss.
2011 Week 10 vs BAL (32 / 109 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Lynch's final numbers looked great, you can't argue with that. He now has back-to-back 100 yard rushing games, and proved to be a force as a receiving option. In fact, his 58 yards led all receivers on the day. Against a tough run defense, he ran well, but was stopped as often as he broke free. It was a 50-50 proposition, and his YPC reflects that. Early in the game, you could say he was the Seahawks offense; in the middle quarters, he plugged away, doing just enough to keep the chains moving; and late in the game he made an impact by making a few defenders miss as he converted a big first down.
2011 Week 11 vs STL (27 / 88 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Lynch was coming off of two 100-yard games, and he nearly made it three in a row. That sounds fantastic, but a lot of people seem to be overlooking the fact that he needed 33 carries last week (3.4 YPC) and 27 this week (3.3 YPC). To be fair, he was missing two of his regular offensive linemen today, and there's no denying that carrying that kind of workload on a regular basis is valuable. If slow and steady is what you like to build your team around (real or fantasy) then Lynch is your man. What he's really got going for him is his consistency in short yardage situations, which led to another TD against the Rams - that's six consecutive games, folks -- and meant that he rarely got tackled behind the line of scrimmage. On the touchdown play, Lynch followed his blocker well, and then cut outside at just the right moment to take it across the goal line. Trust Lynch about as far as you can throw him, but you can't argue with the results lately.
2011 Week 12 vs WAS (24 / 111 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 20 / 1 rec)
Lynch epitomized Beast Mode for a good portion of this game. On every run it took 2-3 Skins to bring him down. The easiest run he had all day came on his touchdown reception. Lynch caught the ball in the flats, made one cut and followed perfect blocking 20 yards for the score. In the second quarter, Lynch lay on the ground writhing in pain and holding his groin area, but he was able to return 2 plays later and looked stronger than ever. He ran violently for the next 2 quarters, slamming into whoever got in his way, seeking out contact and delivering the blow. He made 2 defenders miss in the backfield on one 6 yard run and then pushed 3 more for the final 2 yards of the carry. The Redskins had no chance of stopping him on short yardage plays as he brought so much momentum along with him that he looked like a linebacker carrying the ball. In the 4th quarter Lynch was slowed considerably, first by the Redskins focus on stopping the run and then by the flipped game script.
2011 Week 13 vs PHI (22 / 148 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lynch's production was made largely by pure determination while working behind a patchwork offensive line. Each run forced multiple defenders to team up to tackle him, routinely making the first tackler miss. Lynch's first touchdown of the evening set the tone running up the middle getting bottled up but continued churning his powerful legs, helping the situation the eagles defense failed to finish the gang tackle. The game plan designed by the Seahawks coaching staff for the Eagle defense worked to perfection on his second touchdown for 40 yards using tight end Cameron Moran to crack block wide set defensive ends allowing a huge alley for the stout running back to accelerate up field. Tonight was a showcase of every dimension for Lynch showing a surprising burst of acceleration and agility to go along with his well-known power and aggression. Only thing to complain about was he wasn't targeted once in the passing game but I guess we will let this one go without taking away his skittles.
2011 Week 14 vs STL (23 / 115 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Lynch began the evening with a strong run to the edge of the left side for 13 yards, early on the Rams defense put up a spirited fight not really allowing much room to be generated by the Seahawks patch work offensive line. Lynch attempted not one but two half back passes tonight, missing Michael Robinson on both attempts. Most of Lynch's production came in the second half, amassing the majority of his yardage getting to the edge cutting back and initiating first contact with the opposition. The vision and pad level during contact that Lynch is playing with right now is better than most, add his determination and physicality only wears down defenders and inspires teammates to impose their will. Lynch scored late in the fourth quarter on a well-timed run to the edge for 16 yards, making it 9 straight games with a touchdown.
2011 Week 15 vs CHI (20 / 42 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Marshawn Lynch is like a pitcher with terrible peripherals, but a whole lot of W's. But at a certain point, that luck's gotta run out... right? Lynch was stuffed behind the line again and again versus a very tough Bears defense. On twenty carries, he barely averaged 2 YPC. Two of his runs were for over 10 yards. Which leaves 18 carries to get another 18-ish yards. The golden 'BUT' is the fact that he got two TDs. Am I saying that he was lucky? Well, opportunity breeds luck so it shouldn't be entirely unexpected, but here's how they went down: On the first red zone drive, Lynch first carried it from the 4, but was pushed back about 5 yards. Next play, he took a short catch to the 3 yard line. Then they went for the field goal but the Bears were penalized on the play. 1st & Goal on the 1. Lynch scores. On his second one, Lynch was the beneficiary of another player going down just before the goal line, and so he got another short yardage score. The real surprise is that later in the game, the Seahawks didn't go to him at all on three goal line tries.
2011 Week 16 vs SF (21 / 107 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Lynch looked very strong to start the game, gaining 5-6 yards each time he touched the ball. At a glance you wouldn't have known he was working against a top rushing defense. He nearly scored with a goal line carry, but the play was reviewed and ruled down at the 1. San Francisco had not allowed a rushing score all season, while Lynch had scored in ten straight games. Irresistable force, meet immovable object. The failed goal line attempt really seemed to wake up the Niners defense and Lynch had a much tougher time running the ball after that play. Lynch has made a habit in those past 10 games of scoring even when having a poor game otherwise. And in perhaps another case of 'You've gotta be good, to be lucky', the Seahawks blocked a punt and recovered the ball at the SF 4 yard line. So instead of a potential defensive touchdown, Lynch gets another shot at a short yardage TD. This time he made no mistake, scoring on an end run and giving the Seahawks a shot at the win. It's been a strange (in a good way) season for Lynch. He has often disappointed in YPC, but with continued opportunities, he continued to score at will for the Seahawks, to the point that he came into this game running like a true stud.
2011 Week 17 vs ARI (19 / 86 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Lynch shared the backfield carries more than usual, but still got 19 carries and made steady gains all day long. The Cardinals defence really seemed to key on him, as Lynch would routinely be fighting multiple defenders for an extra yard or two. He showed excellent power, dragging them forward with him on most occasions.
2010 Week 1 vs MIA (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 2 vs GB (17 / 64 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 3 vs NE (13 / 79 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 4 vs NYJ (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 6 vs CHI (17 / 44 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 7 vs ARI (24 / 89 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 8 vs OAK (9 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 9 vs NYG (11 / 48 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 10 vs ARI (13 / 29 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 11 vs NO (7 / 36 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 12 vs KC (7 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 13 vs CAR (21 / 83 / 3 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 14 vs SF (10 / 29 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 37 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 15 vs ATL (12 / 60 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 16 vs TB (14 / 53 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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
2010 Week 17 vs STL (20 / 75 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -7 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 18 vs NO (19 / 131 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 19 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 4 vs MIA (8 / 4 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Lynch returned from his three game suspension and spent much of the game shaking off the rust. On the ground, Lynch never got anything going, but he reminded us how dangerous he can be after the short catch, with a couple of 23 yard catch and run receptions. Too often though, Edwards got him the ball in situations where he had no room to run - he had no chance on his other receptions, which totalled a whopping -4 yards. It appeared that the Bills wanted to give Lynch the ball more, but once he proved ineffective, they went back to Jackson. Look for the 50-50 time share with Jackson to continue for now, with Lynch getting more receiving opportunities.
2009 Week 5 vs CLE (17 / 69 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
Lynch looked great to start, with 36 yards on his first five carries, but stalled after that. He broke a 35 yard gain on a nice catch and run that hit him in stride, allowing him to pull away from the coverage. It was one of the few bright spots for the Buffalo offense, and a reminder of how potent a threat Lynch poses when given the opportunity.
2009 Week 6 vs NYJ (19 / 61 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Lynch ground it out, absorbing a lot of punishment behind a line that wasn't controlling in the line of scrimmage. He was picking and sliding along the line to find what was there, and always taking more than one man to bring him down. Lynch got a few receptions out of the backfield, but the Jets great pursuit didn't allow him to break any big gains. He did get one carry inside the 10, and one would have to assume that when this offense gets in goal-to-go situations, Lynch will get the call.
2009 Week 7 vs CAR (17 / 40 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Lynch found no room to run on most of his carries, but his cuts were crisp and powerful, and he still often made the first tackler miss or hang on while his teammates came over to finish the play. He got the goal to go carries on two drives, easily converting an early TD by seeing the cutback and walking in the end zone. His TD was scored on a very short field after a turnover. It's a little troubling that the Bills never got a consistent push at the line of scrimmage, but Lynch still looks as good as ever, and he has emerged as the clear lead back in this offense.
2009 Week 8 vs HOU (9 / 43 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)
For stretches in week 8 Lynch looked as good as he has all season running hard and bouncing off tacklers. The takeaway though is that Lynch is working his tail off for every yard he gains, nothing is coming easy. He was able to break off his longest run of the season (14 yards) during this game. He finished the game with just 49 total yards on 12 touches. Lynch needs more touches if he is to be utilized correctly. Lynch is a viable RB2, but needs some O-Line help if he is going to have a breakout effort.
2009 Week 10 vs TEN (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
You can't fault Lynch for this loss. He gave 110% effort on every touch, often requiring gang tackles to stop his forward progress. He saw the holes well and burst through them, then fought and struggled for every inch once he was met. Lynch also caught passes with soft hands out of the backfield. His best run on the day was called back by a penalty. He will struggle to have better than adequate flex value as long as the Bills insist on splitting the workload with Fred Jackson right down the middle.
2009 Week 11 vs JAX (8 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lynch found very little room to fun in the first half, and his game ended prematurely when he hurt his shoulder after fumbling the ball away. He dropped a short bullet from Fitzpatrick, but otherwise was not involved in the passing game. Lynch is unlikely to get anywhere near last year's level of production while sharing with a productive Jackson behind an offensive line that last two more players for the year in this game.
2009 Week 12 vs MIA (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Lynch was barely on the field in the game, and when he was, he sometimes looked sluggish and indecisive. Lynch flashed the speed to get the edge and good toughness on a few touches, but he probably deserves the demotion to backup. He's still very young and Lynch's best football is ahead of him, but he will have to earn his touches. He is droppable in shallow leagues.
2009 Week 13 vs NYJ (6 / 60 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Lynch didn't get many opportunities in this game as the Bills decided to go with Fred Jackson as their starter. But the Bills former starting tailback busted a 39 yard run, off tackle, (his longest of the season) and on the very next play, he ran off tackle again scoring from 15 yards out, as he rammed through poor tackling and received a picture perfect block from WR Lee Evans on the outside.
2009 Week 14 vs KC (12 / 84 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Lynch was sometimes too hesitant, like on a 3rd down reception in Chiefs territory that he couldn't turn into a first down, and he also missed a few good cutback lanes. He did find the cutback outside to make a 47-yard run, sprung by a Fitzpatrick block, and he also got yards after contact with strong leg drive, stiff arms, and plain old mean running. His somewhat plodding style has made him second fiddle to Fred Jackson's smart running, but Lynch's best football is still ahead of him.
2009 Week 15 vs NE (8 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The bulk of the workload went to Fred Jackson once again as Lynch received 8 carries to Jackson's 15. His first carry was a nice 12-yard run up the gut, where Vince Wolfork was missing. Three of his eight carries came on the Bills first scoring drive where he racked up 19 of his 25 yards rushing. The once promising RB is simply being phased out of the Bills plans with the emergence of Jackson.
2009 Week 16 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Lynch barely got to touch the ball because of the lack of sustained drives by the Bills. He had a drop, but also showed good burst and tackle-breaking ability as a receiver when he did secure the catch. Lynch had little room to run on his few carries. He is a lot better than his meager production this year would indicate, but it might be a while until he's in an offense that can take advantage of his talents.
2009 Week 17 vs IND (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Lynch got in for the second drive, got stopped for no gain, then was targeted on two short passes, catching one for almost no gain, and he wasn't heard from again on Fred Jackson's big day.
2008 Week 1 vs SEA (18 / 76 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Lynch looked like he was just warming up for the rest of the season. Playing in a hard rain seemed to slow him down some, but not as much as the defenders he was running against. In the early going, neither team could get anything going, but eventually he got loose in the second quarter and scored a 21 yard touchdown. It looked as though the Bills wanted to get him more involved in the passing game, but Edwards missed him one short throw that would have gone for a lot of yards, and he dropped another that would have been a sure first down.
2008 Week 2 vs JAX (19 / 59 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Lynch ran with authority against a strong Jaguar defensive line. He scored on an 11 yard trap up the middle in the first quarter, but the rest of the game was a grind. He gave as good as he got, and late in the game he even bounced a run outside and ran over LB Mike Peterson to get a first down. He is a good receiver and will usually be more involved in the passing game.
2008 Week 3 vs OAK (23 / 83 / 2 rush, 6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Having now scored four times in the team's first three games, it's probably safe to say that Marshawn Lynch is off to a great start. He added two touchdowns in this game and played with the ferocious determination that made him a high first round pick a year ago. Early on, it was tough to find running lanes. So, he just made them himself. He was simply running over people to get his yardage. Then after displaying his power for awhile, he went back to his agility. His first touchdown run was outstanding, because he needed to not only withstand the potential punishment of a tackle, but he also had to somehow find a way to remain inbounds and stretch the ball over the pylon - oh and have I mentioned that he had to do all of this while going into the end zone sideways? His second touchdown was just as impressive, though far less difficult. He simply powered it in from five yards out, but this time he brought the entire team with him. They got a great push up front, and nobody was keeping him out of the end zone on that one. He was simply piling up yardage on the game-winning field goal drive (4 carries, 19 yards), and finished up with 114 yards from scrimmage and the two scores.
2008 Week 4 vs STL (19 / 57 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Lynch had a down game for him, averaging just three yards a carry for 57 yards and no touchdowns, but he helped Buffalo control the game in the fourth quarter. He runs behind the biggest offensive line in the NFL and is able to stay quick late in games because of Fred Jackson.
2008 Week 5 vs ARI (13 / 55 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Lynch ran hard and showed good power, but was unable to get going against a defense that featured multiple defenders arriving at the same time to bring him down. While his numbers were modest, he never stopped running hard, and his touches were limited in the second half by a combination of turnovers and the resulting focus on the passing game after Buffalo fell behind by more than two touchdowns.
2008 Week 7 vs SD (19 / 70 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Lynch picked up a hard fought 70 yards while getting roughly two-thirds of the rushing split between he and Fred Jackson. Lynch was also used frequently used in the passing game. He was quietly efficient without putting up big stats until late in the game, when he scampered in untouched for a nine yard touchdown off the right tackle. The blocking for Lynch was superbly set up, as it was all game long especially by the receivers.
2008 Week 8 vs MIA (13 / 61 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
While he only had three more carries than Jackson, Lynch scored a touchdown on a nifty eight yard run in the third quarter which staked the Bills to a 16-7 lead. He also caught five passes for 34 yards.
2008 Week 9 vs NYJ (9 / 16 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Lynch opened up the game strong, taking a screen pass for a big 52 yard gain, however retired to the sidelines shortly thereafter. Announcers got word that Lynch was feeling ill and had to be replaced by backup running back Fred Jackson. He was seen throughout the first half with a towel over his head however he did manage to return after halftime. On the day Lynch was only able to gain 16 yards on the ground as he found much more success through the air, catching three of his four targets for 52 yards.
2008 Week 10 vs NE (14 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
New England was determined to shut down the Bills' rushing attack so Lynch had to gain his 46 yards the hard way, literally inch by inch. So far this season, Lynch has failed to gain 100 yards in a game while averaging 3.6 yards per carry. He was expected to have an expanded role in the passing attack but was only targeted twice in this game and failed to catch either one.
2008 Week 11 vs CLE (23 / 119 / 0 rush, 11 / 10 / 58 / 1 rec)
Lynch got off to a slow start but, started to heat up as the game went on, and had his best game of the season, topping a hundred yards rushing for the first time this season. Lynch caught a short pass about two yards past the line of scrimmage and made a couple of great cutbacks and powered his way into the end zone. The 18 yard touchdown reception was all on Lynch's ability and poor Cleveland tackling, as he made several defenders miss and got some nice down the field blocks. Lynch only had 36 yards on 11 carries but, led the team in receptions and receiving yards at halftime with five receptions for 36 yards. QB Trent Edwards threw to his check down receiver a lot in the game as he had trouble finding receivers down the field and was probably a little gun shy after tossing three picks in the first quarter. Lynch caught another five passes in the second half for 22 yards and 83 yards on the ground as the Browns run defense wore down in the second half. Lynch had a 28 yard run that almost lead to a second touchdown on a powerful run but, he fell just short of the goal line. Edwards punched the ball in on the next play with a quarterback sneak. Lynch led the Bills in receiving as ten of Edwards completions went to him.
2008 Week 12 vs KC (20 / 79 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)
Lynch tied the score in the first quarter when he punched in a tough TD on fourth and goal. Four of his targets came in the first half as Edwards initially shied away from throwing downfield in favor dump off passes. Lynch ran hard and was able to break the initial tackle more than once and dragged tacklers down the field all afternoon. He was still in the lineup late in the fourth quarter.
2008 Week 13 vs SF (16 / 134 / 0 rush, 5 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Lynch had his best rushing performance of the season and his 50 yard burst in the third quarter helped set up the Bills' only field goal. His fumble late in the second quarter also led to San Francisco's' field goal just before half time.
2008 Week 14 vs MIA (13 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Lynch was held in check by the Miami defense. He also flat out dropped two passes right in his hands that would have picked up rare Buffalo first downs to keep drives alive. With three games to play, Lynch has rushed for 875 yards.
2008 Week 15 vs NYJ (21 / 127 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Lynch took a handoff and bulled his way through defenders in the first quarter, plowing downfield for a 35 yard gain. It was a sign of things to come, as all game the Jets were unable to tackle him. Lynch continued breaking tackles and making defenders miss throughout the game, and despite not scoring a touchdown, he contributed an impressive 127 yards rushing on 21 carries.
2008 Week 16 vs DEN (11 / 34 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Like the rest of the team, Lynch had trouble getting started, but late in the second quarter he ran two yards for a touchdown to bring Buffalo back to within a field goal. In the third quarter he injured his shoulder and did not return to the game. He stayed on the sidelines, however, with his arm in a sling. Late in the fourth quarter, when the Bills called a timeout, Lynch accompanied the trainers out on the field. He was seen talking to Fred Jackson, encouraging him, slapping him on the shoulder pads with his good hand. On the next play Jackson dashed eight yards for a touchdown. Lynch, a former number one draft choice, respects Jackson the hard work it took to make it all the way to the NFL as an undrafted free agent from tiny Coe College.
2007 Week 1 vs DEN (19 / 90 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Lynch made his NFL debut with 19 attempts for 90 yards, including a 23 yards touchdown dash in the third quarter. He is big and fast and the Bills need to get him even more involved in this offense in a hurry, but he needs to work on pass protection. Lynch is the first rookie RB to open for the Bills since Travis Henry in 2001. Leading 14 -12, Buffalo had the ball at their own 33 yard line with 3:32 left in the game. Lynch gained three yards on first down and two more on second down. One more first down would have helped seal the victory, but the Bills went for the bomb. They sent Lee Evans deep down the right sideline but the pass was off target and fell incomplete. Buffalo had to punt.
2007 Week 2 vs PIT (18 / 64 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Rookie running back Marshawn Lynch had another solid game considering that Pittsburgh is a tough defense to run on and Buffalo's offense did little to support him, especially in the first half. Lynch averaged just over 3.5 yards per carry, but narrowly missed breaking off a couple of long runs. He also nearly had a touchdown run, but knee his touched down at the Pittsburgh five yard line. On the play Lynch called upon his arsenal of skills to make tacklers miss and break tackles to make what looked like a short game into a near touchdown. After pirouetting and seemingly breaking a tackle, his knee was correctly ruled down. A Losman incompletion followed on third down and Buffalo had to settle for a field goal. Lynch caught his only target and turned it into a 21 yard gain.
2007 Week 3 vs NE (20 / 74 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Lynch was the lone bright spot for the Bills on either side of the ball. He bulldozed his way into the end zone on an eight yard touchdown run in the 1st quarter. His overall numbers suffered due to the team's ineptitude over the final three quarters of the game. Lynch had the best rushing day of any running back against the Patriots so far this season. After the game was out of hand, rookie RB Dwayne Wright saw some garbage time action.
2007 Week 4 vs NYJ (23 / 79 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lynch, Buffalo's rookie running back from Cal, had another solid effort. He averaged 3.4 yards on his 23 rushing attempts. Lynch did not find many huge holes to run through. However, he ran hard and frequently broke tackles for extra yardage. He does a good job of keeping his feet moving and gaining extra yards after contact. Lynch's best run may have been his touchdown run. On the play, he powered through the middle of the Jet defense for a ten yard score. He was later stopped at the one yard line twice before Michael Gaines scored on fourth down. Lynch lost the football on two occasions, but neither were fumbles. The first time was on his touchdown run after the ball had already crossed the plane of the end zone. On the second occasion, Lynch was already down.
2007 Week 5 vs DAL (20 / 66 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
As expected, Lynch was the focal point of the Bills offense. He ran hard and busted off a few good runs (including a 15 yarder to open the game), but more often than not he was unable to evade initial contact by the Dallas defenders. The telling stat: Lynch was held to two yards or less on 14 of his 20 carries. He did have two red zone carries, though he didn't come close to scoring a TD. Lynch was somewhat involved in the passing game, especially as a safety valve for Trent Edwards, and he was able to break off a 23 yard gain on a nice catch and run. He also dropped a catchable ball on the first series of the game.
2007 Week 7 vs BAL (27 / 84 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Lynch averaged only 3.1 yards on his 27 attempts, but his impact against a tough Raven defense was important. Lynch helped Buffalo keep the Baltimore offense off the field and scored the Bills' only touchdown. Lynch is a tough runner who is hard to bring down on the first hit. Most of Lynch's runs resulted in modest gains. However, he did reel off impressive runs of 13 and 23 yards. Lynch caught all three of his targets.
2007 Week 8 vs NYJ (21 / 80 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Lynch ran well however did have to sit out most of the second quarter with an injury. He returned after the half and finished the game with 80 yards on 21 carries while adding a 7 yard reception. He continues to run hard this year and has given the Bills a rock solid back to pound the ball late in the game.
2007 Week 9 vs CIN (29 / 153 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Lynch produced huge numbers, most of them coming in the fourth quarter. He had a touchdown pass on a sweep play and a long 56 yard touchdown run. He did not have extreme success before the fourth, but it seemed like he wore the defense down.
2007 Week 10 vs MIA (19 / 61 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Rookie Marshawn Lynch is the catalyst of this team. Even though Miami game planned to stop him he still scored the only Bills' touchdown of the game. He also added a two point conversion. Lynch was targeted four times in the fourth quarter as Buffalo rallied to win the game. He only averaged 3.2 yards a carry, but the Bills kept feeding him and with 1:54 left in the game Lynch sprained his ankle fighting for extra yardage on the winning drive. He was seen limping in front of the bench trying to walk it off, but there was no immediate word on the severity of his injury.
2007 Week 14 vs MIA (23 / 107 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lynch returned from his ankle injury and didn't miss a beat. Lynch ran hard and showed no signs that his ankle bothered him. It frequently took multiple defenders to bring Lynch down. Lynch's hard-running style got him into trouble on one occasion: As Lynch was fighting for extra yardage and being gang tackled, the ball was stripped and he lost a fumble. Lynch nearly fumbled on one other occasion, but replay showed he that the ground caused the fumble after his arm touched down. Lynch lost a 20 yard run to a holding penalty. Lynch was targeted twice, but did not catch a pass. Edwards targeted him on a deep route that was nearly a touchdown, but the pass was slightly off the mark. His other target was a 14 yard reception on a screen pass that was called back by penalty. Lynch is second among rookie running backs in rushing yardage and touchdowns.
2007 Week 15 vs CLE (21 / 82 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lynch was the focal point of the Bills offense and responded very well to the challenge. Most of his runs were off tackle toward the sideline, but despite the snow, Lynch showed the ability to make a cut and head back toward the middle of the field. While the Bills offensive line struggled to create passing lanes, they were effective at opening holes up for Lynch and he was quick enough to move through the hole and find a second gear once he got into the secondary.
2007 Week 16 vs NYG (18 / 70 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
Lynch averaged almost 4 yards per carry and added 43 yards on the three receptions. Once the Bills fell behind, however, the game plan moved toward more pass attempts although he kept getting the ball late in the fourth quarter. Despite missing three games with an ankle injury, Lynch became the first Buffalo rookie to gain 1,000 since Greg Bell in 1984.
2007 Week 17 vs PHI (22 / 105 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Lynch carried 22 times for 105 yards. Even though Buffalo was unable to generate a passing attack Lynch was still able to grind out tough yardage against eight man fronts and even ripped off a 56 yard run in the second half. This season the Cal rookie was everything the Bills hoped he would be and maybe a little more.