Seahawks: The elusive Mr. Lynch
The media have made much about Marshawn Lynch and his public persona in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. What we should be talking about though, is his astounding performance on the field for the Seahawks this season.
In just two post-season games Lynch has forced a staggering 21 missed tackles while rushing the ball. This isn’t new though, in the regular season Lynch led all backs by forcing 101 missed tackles (88 rushing). To put that in context, DeMarco Murray, who enjoyed a fabulous season with the Cowboys, was second in the league with a total of 85 forced missed tackles. Lynch’s 94.3 Elusive Rating was the best mark among starting running backs, and the second-highest recorded by a qualifying back since our records began in 2007.
The Patriots linebackers face a tough task in trying to stop Lynch. Chandler Jones (6), Rob Ninkovich (10) and Jamie Collins (8), while widely respected, have all missed a significant number of tackles against the run and cannot afford to make any such mistakes against the Seahawks. If they do, Lynch will look to take full advantage, and build upon his play so far in the playoffs. Doing so would certainly set the platform for the Seahawks to claim another Super Bowl victory.