Seattle Seahawks running back Marshand Lynch has taken a beating.
He’s not only playing in the first preseason game since tearing his ACL and MCL in November, but he’s also the latest in a long line of Seahawks who’ve struggled.
But as Seattle’s star running back continues to lead the way, so too has Seattle.
In the past, the Seahawks were often seen as the team to beat in the NFC West.
But a few injuries and other issues have slowed the Seahawks.
Now, as the season winds down, they appear to be playing better and they look to be heading toward the playoffs.
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It’s clear the Seahawks are the team we want to see win the division.
We just don’t know if they’re capable of doing it.
Seattle Seahawks running backs coach and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell: Marshaedd Lynch is playing like a champ.
“You can’t get rid of Marshaed, because he’s a great teammate, and he’s got an awesome attitude and a great attitude, and we just love his personality,” Bevell said.
“It’s just his demeanor, it’s just the way he’s playing.
He is a great player.
I think he’s ready for a playoff run.”
Marshawn has carried the Seahawks to six wins, the most wins in team history.
He led the team with 547 yards rushing, 547 receiving yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, and added 53 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
He has a league-high six rushing touchdowns, including two on Sunday, which was the second-longest run in NFL history.
Lynch has been the Seahawks’ best player all season, and this was no different.
He caught five touchdown passes on Sunday and has caught four of the Seahawks nine touchdowns this season.
He also ran for two scores and ran for another two.
Bevell said Lynch is the reason the Seahawks have had their best regular season in over a decade.
“The Seahawks have been playing very well,” Beviss said.
“I’m just proud of Marshewn.
It’s just a testament to how hard he’s been working, and how he’s going to continue to work and the team has a lot of confidence in him.”
Lynch’s performance Sunday was a testament as well.
He was one of three Seahawks who scored touchdowns and was a part of the team’s longest winning streak since 2006.
Lynchi also tied a career high with 10 rushing touchdowns and also ran four times for three yards.
He had three rushes for a touchdown and two carries for a score, the fourth-longer streak in the NFL.
He was also the first Seahawks player to rush for 100 yards in the same game since Maurice Jones-Drew in 2007.
He finished with two carries of 35 yards or more, which tied the team record for rushing touchdowns by a player in a season.
Lynch was also one of only two running backs in the game to rush 20 times for 100 or more yards.
He also had two receptions for 23 yards.