Seahawks vs 49ers: 5 takeaways from Seattle’s big win

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Nov 22, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) breaks away from San Francisco 49ers defenders at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

2. Thomas Rawls is Seattle’s future

Thomas Rawls has added a surprising power element to his vision-acceleration running style. The result was a punishingly effective game for Seattle’s rookie running back.

Rawls doesn’t have Lynch’s power (no one does), but a stronger and more physical style from him is important for Seattle’s scheme. When Rawls runs like he did today, the Seahawks can move the ball quite effectively.

Rawls is also effective outside the tackles in a way that Lynch has never been. That allows Seattle to open up their playbook with what they can do in the running game.

The results speak for themselves. Rawls finished with 30 yards on 209 carries (6.97 yards per carry) and a touchdown. He also added 3 catches for 46 yards and another touchdown through the air.

It is clear that the Seahawks have their future at RB on the roster. Lynch isn’t going to play forever. It is good to know that the offense won’t take a major step back when Beast Mode retires.

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