Marshawn and the Defense
Those are the only two things that keep me sane while watching the Seahawks play at times. Like in the Sunday lose to the Rams. Marshawn Lynch and our beautiful defense kept the ‘Hawks in it until the very end.
In this frustrating game, everyone’s favorite skittle enthusiast put up the only ‘Hawks touchdown on the first Seattle drive.
The personnel for Lynch’s 18-yard touchdown run had no Tight Ends, surprisingly. He did have his Pro-Bowl Fullback Michael Robinson, but didn’t have the excellent blocking of Anthony McCoy or Zach Miller.
Instead, the play had Sidney Rice lined up at his usual flanker spot (wide right), Golden Tate at his split end spot (wide left) and the two starters were joined by Ben Obomanu in the slot on Rice’s side, but motioned to the left prior to the snap.
Obo does a terrific job of blocking off the super pest Cortland Finnegan and getting their outside shoulder, completely eliminating them from the play.
It’s been said all along that Golden Tate is really Seattle’s best blocking receiver, and this is part of what makes him great at it:
Tate knows he has to get his man blocked for this play to work, but if he commits to the block to early it will give the defender a chance to disengage at get to Lynch. Instead, Tate waits till the last second and shuts him down. Excellent job, Golden.
At the snap, Michael Robinson smashes through the line and does Robinson things, taking care of St Louis Rams
linebacker James Laurinaitis (starting linebacker for the All-Name team) and opening up the hole for Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch follows Robinson and bounces out to the outside, and a juke later he is sprinting untouched to the end zone. He gives Rams safety Craig Dahl a signature Marshawn Lynch ‘baby stiff-arm’, and then boom 6 points on the board.
You can watch that play and a few more highlights (not many) from Sunday’s lose, right here:
Here it is on NFL.com as well.
The Seahawks look to get back to their winning ways this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
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