It’s been a long time since Marshawn Lynch truly dominated on an NFL field, but Pete Carroll is putting him in a position to do it this week.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
When the Seattle Seahawks lost running backs Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise for the season in Week 15, they got desperate.
They called 33-year-old retired running back, Marshawn Lynch.
He hadn’t set foot on an NFL field since Week 6 in 2018 and hadn’t played in a Seahawks jersey since 2015. But here he is, getting ready to play in a Divisional Round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.
Coach, Pete Carroll, is planning big things for Lynch in just his third game back, too. He told 710 ESPN Seattle:
“I think we can increase his role and allow him to be a more active part of it. He does bring an element that we love and it’s that style and that toughness . . . I think we’ll see more of him in the next couple of weeks.”
While Lynch has only rushed for 41 yards in his two games, Carroll’s comments suggest we can expect more in Green Bay, and, historically, Lynch has increased his output in the playoffs.
Lynch In The Playoffs
Throughout Seattle’s 2012, 2013 and 2014 playoffs runs – which included winning and losing a Super Bowl – Lynch averaged 97 rushing yards per game compared with 86.6 yards across the three regular seasons. He knows how to turn up in big moments, and you’d be brave to bet against him despite his time away from the game.
He ranks inside the top ten in NFL history in playoff rushing yards and touchdowns and has already given the Packers nightmares in spot once before.
Travis Homer will remain as the number one option, but Lynch can expect a few more touches. We’ve seen him dominate in the post-season before and the strength he showed last week suggests he can do it again.
Fighting his way in for the touchdown, it's @MoneyLynch!
Q2: SEA 10, PHI 3 pic.twitter.com/7TG5OAQTqN
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) January 5, 2020
At the very least, Lynch is going to be an option in the redzone.
Packers @ Seahawks
While Lynch’s return to Green Bay and the prospect of him being handed the ball fairly regularly appeal, the Packers enter the do-or-die game as $1.48 and -4 favourites.
They stumbled into the 2nd seed but are on the improve. Aaron Rodges touched on their offensive struggles during the week:
“I think too many concepts that we’ve really tried to hit and keep hitting and make it work and we just aren’t on the same page timingwise.”
The Seahawks, on the other hand, have had more promising moments recently. They flew home in their Week 17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers and looked comfortable all the way through their win against the Eagles last week.
While the odds suggest a somewhat comfortable Packers victory, the form guide allows Seahawks fans to be hopeful.
If Lynch can display some vintage form, we might be in for an upset.