Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Bears and Hawks: Defending Marshawn
By Kevin Seifert
Marshawn Lynch apparently triggered a tiny earthquake with his 67-yard touchdown run last weekend for the Seattle Seahawks. My NFC West colleague Mike Sando had the New Orleans Saints with eight missed tackles on the play.
Zach Zaidman of the Chicago Bears radio network asked defensive end Julius Peppers if Lynch could break that many tackles Sunday against the Bears.
"No," Peppers said.
It's hard to say never, but let's just say it would be awfully surprising if Lynch rips off anything close to that run at Soldier Field. The Bears finished the season with the NFL's second-ranked rush defense, having allowed an average of 90.1 yards per game during the regular season. Teams tested them relatively rarely on the ground, attempting the fourth-fewest carries (386) against them in the league, and only one of those went for more than 39 yards.
(Detroit Lions tailback Jahvid Best ran for 45 yards in Week 13.)
The Seahawks averaged 3.6 yards on 31 rushes in the teams' Week 6 meeting. In his Seahawks debut after the trade that brought him over for the Buffalo Bills, Lynch managed 44 yards on 17 carries.