Beast Mode Flashes Speed
The Seattle Seahawks lost last week 24-28 to the Detroit Lions, and despite Marshawn Lynch‘s 100-plus yards, he finished with less then 3 yards per carry in one of his worst overall performances. It wasn’t entirely his fault, though, as the offensive line struggled to get to the second level all game long, as they were physically dominated by the Lions d-line from start to finish.
But a bright spot of a game that had a miserable feel to it all game long came at 14:43 of the second quarter when Marshawn Lynch took a pitch 77 yards to the house—his longest as a Seahawk and 11 off the team record.
The Seahawks lined up in their ’22’ formation with two Tight End’s and two Running Back’s. The players in this package were Anthony McCoy, Zach Miller, Michael Robinson and Lynch. The Pro-Bowl fullback and the two best blocking Tight End’s on the team. I wonder what’s coming?
Wide receiver Ben Obomanu is the lone receiver on the field, lined up on the right side in a slot position. He is joined by McCoy just prior to the snap, with Zach Miller on the left side of the Offensive Line.
Lynch and Robinson are in their usual spots, with Russell Wilson under center.
As mentioned, Anthony McCoy goes in motion prior to the snap and seals off the defensive end’s outside shoulder and in the process keeps him from making a play should Lynch bounce it inside. THIS is why we kept McCoy around, even before he learned to catch. Textbook blocking.
Ben Obomanu gets just enough of his linebacker to shove him behind Lynch and giving Lynch a huge hole and just the secondary to beat.
Michael Robinson shows why he went to Hawaii last season, throwing himself perfectly at Ricardo Silva and in the same motion cutting off Stephen Tulloch’s angle and cutting him off from the play.
Lynch hits the second level with absolutely tremendous speed and is chased by Tulloch and Kyle Vanden Bosch (man I love that guy). They don’t catch him, and 77 yards later, his blockers meet an appreciative Lynch in the endzone!
A fun fact via Twitter from one of our excellent Seahawks writers:
Marshawn Lynch averaged a little over 18 miles per hour during his 77yd run. During part of the run he’d have been speeding in a school zone
— Brett Bivens (@NWProSports) October 28, 2012
That score put the ‘Hawks up 10-7, but unfortunately they would look back and couldn’t hold the lead.
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