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January 6, 2013 at 10:41 PM

The ever-increasing returns of Marshawn Lynch

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There are plenty of times that football teams talk about wearing an opponent down.

There are very few times that manifests itself as clearly as it did on Sunday at FedEx Field when Seattle’s rushing offense — powered by Marshawn Lynch — wore away at Washington.

There are plenty of people that will point to the diminished health of Robert Griffin III as the reason Washington lost this game. They wouldn’t be wrong in that regard.

But the health of Griffin doesn’t explain how Seattle ground away what had been one of the league’s better rushing defenses this year.

Yes, Washington’s inability to sustain possessions left its defense vulnerable, but the trend started in the second quarter when Washington’s defense was still rested, and it degenerated from there. Just look at Lynch’s yards per carry as proof of how much more effective Seattle got as the game wore on.


Marshawn Lynch FIRST SECOND THIRD FOURTH QUARTER
Carries 2 6 6 6
Rush yards 5 28 46 53
Average carry 2.5 4.7 7.7 8.8

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