Without question, yesterday’s rushing performance against the New York Giants was impressive. The Seattle Seahawks set a new franchise record with 350 rushing yards in the 38-17 win at CenturyLink.
Marshawn Lynch carried 21 times for 140 yards and had just his second 100 yard performance of the 2014 season, topping the 110 yards he gained against the Packers on Week 1. I almost forgot to mention his 4 rushing TD’s as well.
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Russell Wilson, not wanting to be outdone kept the ball and rushed for another 107 yards on 14 attempts. But the running game wasn’t a two-man show. Christine Michael and Robert Turbin joined the party and combined for another 103 yards on just 10 carries. Michael gained 71 yards on just 4 attempts, more than doubling his previous high of 37 yards on 9 carries against Jacksonville last season.
Where does this historic showing rank though? We already know it was the most yards gained by the Seahawks as a team.
Marshawn Lynch has 27 career games in which he’s gained 100 or more yards just running the ball. How do his 140 yards stack up in comparison to the other 113 regular season games he’s appeared in?
The answer is 4th all-time. Lynch’s 140 yards were the 4th greatest performance of his career. If we include his 7 playoff games, making the grand total of games he’s appeared in 120, yesterday would tie his 2014 playoff performance against the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Coming back to Russell Wilson. Did you know that Wilson already ranks 10th all-time in rushing for the Seattle Seahawks? The 107 yards he put up yesterday were the 2nd most of his career, just passing the 106 against the St. Louis Rams in Week 7 and narrowly missing the 122 against the Washington Redskins in Week 5.
If Seattle continues to run with the same physicalness they showed against the Giants and the defense regains their attitude that has been slowly coming to life the past two weeks then Seattle will most definitely be a force the final seven games of the season.
It doesn’t matter that they face the toughest schedule of all 32 NFL teams the rest of the way.