Monday, December 2, 2013
Lynch has been a model of consistency
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. -- If Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch runs for 75 yards and a touchdown Monday night against the New Orleans Saints, he would become the only man to rush for 1,000 yards and score at least 10 rushing touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.
He would not, however, be the first Seahawk to do it. Shaun Alexander did it in five consecutive seasons from 2001 to 2005.
Lynch also leads the league with 19 games of 100 or more yards rushing since the start of 2011. Adrian Peterson is second with 18. And Lynch ran for 98 yards in four other games.
What's more, he also needs only 79 more receiving yards to eclipse his season best of 300 receiving yards, achieved in 2008 when he played for Buffalo.
Lynch will be a center of attention Monday night because the signature run of his career -- the 67-yard touchdown run that is known here as the "Beast Quake" -- came the last time the Seahawks played the Saints, in the 2010 playoffs, in a game Seattle won 41-36 at CentruyLink Field.
But few people realize that play isn’t the longest touchdown run of his career. Lynch had a 77-yard TD at Detroit last season.