Seattle Seahawks fans will not only be glad to see their team in the playoffs after their poor start to the season, but also they'll be glad to hear their star running back Marshawn Lynch will be available for selection this weekend.
Beast Mode hadn't played a snap for the Seahawks since week 10 and had only featured in seven games across the season. However, the NFC West franchise will be glad to see him take the field against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL Playoffs wildcard game.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was asked, according to Pro Football Talk, if Lynch would have 20 or more carries this Sunday, to which he said: “If he’s going, that’s what I would expect. I’d expect him to be full-go, full speed and just do like we normally do.
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“We’re going to go out and just do our thing. We’re going to play ball the way we normally do. We’re kind of built for it. We’re a running team, running philosophy, so we know that to hand the ball to the running back 25, 30 times is exactly how we want to play the game. You can still throw the ball in that, you just have to protect the ball, be smart with it and that’s what we plan on doing.”
As the Seahawks stride towards their third Super Bowl appearance in as many years, they must take into account that it might be very cold on Sunday, with weather forecasts predicting highs of zero and lows of -10, running the rock might likely be the common action on both sides.
With both sides hosting an excellent running game, as Vikings running back was the leading rusher during the regular season with 1,485 yards at the age of 30, this could be a close game. However, with the Seahawks entering the playoffs with a bit of a run, they're a team to be the most fearful of.
Hopefully, the Seahawks will try and utilize Lynch as much as possible while he is still at the team, as there have been rumors this could be his last season with the franchise due to cap reasons and the rise of rookie Thomas Rawls.
They just need to remember what happened the last time in the playoffs when they didn't give Beast Mode the ball...