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November 3, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Seahawks: National media weigh in on Beast Mode II, Russell Wilson’s struggles

Marshawn Lynch outruns his blockers on a 39-yard gain. Lynch had 143 yards, 43 percent of Seattle's total offense.  Dean Rutz / Seattle Times staff

Marshawn Lynch takes off on a 39-yard gain against Oakland. Lynch had 143 yards, 43 percent of Seattle’s total offense Sunday.
Dean Rutz / Seattle Times staff

For once, the national media agree on one thing: Marshawn Lynch is a beast.

The Seahawks can thank his hard-nosed style, as well as an opportunistic defense, for beating the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, 30-24. So  that was a major theme for the national media and major newspapers covering the game.

They also wrote about Seattle’s wave of injuries and Russell Wilson’s struggles.

Here’s a roundup of national media and major newspapers’ stories.

“IN LOST SEASON, DEREK CARR OFFERS GLIMMER OF HOPE FOR THE FUTURE”

By Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle

Again, it was close but no victory. Seattle looked inept and very beatable, but the Raiders couldn’t close the deal and get themselves their first win since last Nov.17. (And help the 49ers in the process. One of the loudest cheers of the day came when the scoreboard showed the deciding play from the 49ers’ game).

There are no moral victories, but there is improvement.

“MARSHAWN LYNCH SAVES THE DAY FOR WOUNDED SEAHAWKS”

By Terry Blount, ESPN.com

With a patchwork offensive line trying to hang on and seven starters out of the game, the Seattle Seahawks needed someone to step up and take over.

Time to go full Beast Mode. Marshawn Lynch was the answer. He accounted for 143 yards of offense and ground it out the hard way to help Seattle hold on to win 30-24 against a pesky Oakland Raiders team looking for its first win.

“MARSHAWN LYNCH GIVES US YET ANOTHER BEAST MODE TOUCHDOWN”

Sid Saraf, Foxsports.com

Marshawn Lynch, you are ridiculous.

The Seattle Seahawks star running back got the ball at the 3-yard line and was seemingly stopped by the Oakland Raiders after little or no gain. That should have been it, right?

Wrong.

Lynch went Beast Mode again and refused to stop pumping his legs and his teammates refused to stop blocking. They kept going … all the way into the end zone.

“MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WEEK 9, WHERE TO BEGIN?”

By Peter King, SI.com

You should know by now that nothing in 2014 will be easy for Seattle. Nothing. Not even finishing off the 0-8 Raiders at home, with a Seabass onside kick almost lost in the last two minutes. ….

I think every football fan in the Pacific Northwest must have had precisely the same feeling midway through the first half Sunday afternoon: Thank God the Oakland Raiders exist.

“NFL WEEK 9: NFC WEST? AFC West? MORE LIKE NFC AND AFC WORST THIS WEEK”

By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times

Welcome to the mild, mild West.

San Diego? Humiliated by a 37-0 defeat at Miami.

Denver? Humbled by a 43-21 loss at New England.

Seattle? Hard-pressed to land the knockout punch against winless Oakland before winning, 30-24.

And San Francisco? Huh? Quarterback Colin Kaepernick fumbled at the goal line on his team’s final play Sunday as the 49ers lost at home to last-place St. Louis, 13-10.

“DEREK CARR DESERVES BLAME FOR LOSS TO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS”

By Marcus Thompson II, Bay Area News Group

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr always offers to put the losses on him.

Well, this one actually was on him.

 

The most tangible reason for the Raiders’ 30-24 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday was that they didn’t get enough from Carr. His turnovers paved the way to a three-touchdown hole. And when the Raiders had a chance to put some pressure on Seattle, he couldn’t get the offense moving.

“MARSHAWN LYNCH SHINES AS SEAHAWKS HOLD OFF RAIDERS”

By Marc Sessler, NFL.com

Marshawn Lynch piled up 143 total yards and two rushing touchdowns as the unquestioned centerpiece of Seattle’s offensive game plan. Beast Mode ran with fresh legs and helped offset a Russell Wilson-led passing game that generated just 45 yards at the half. For all the hand-wringing over Seattle’s perceived departure from a run-first philosophy, we’re much more concerned with their paltry air attack.

“RAIDERS PUSH SEAHAWKS, BUT REMAIN WINLESS”

By Vic Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle

The problem with being tough, getting bloodied but not getting knocked out, is that each subsequent punch hurts even more.

The Raiders committed three turnovers in the first half and were down 24-3 to Super Bowl champion Seattle. They came back out in the rain and fought and cut the deficit to six points …

But it was all too little, too late, 0-8.

“MARSHAWN LYNCH BULLDOZES RAIDERS AND A FEW SEAHAWKS ON TD”

By Seth Rosenthal, SB Nation

Marshawn Lynch flipped the switch to BEAST MODE, which means everyone in his way is getting crushed, doesn’t matter who it is:

He had some help from his friends, but that is still a mind-boggling feat of strength.

“SEAHAWKS HOLD OFF RAIDERS’ SECOND-HALF CHARGE”

By Mike Wilkening, Pro Football Talk/NBCSports.com

In the end, the Raiders were left with too much ground to make up against the defending-champion Seahawks.

Oakland’s strong second-half rally came up just short, with the Seahawks holding on for a 30-24 victory over the Raiders on Sunday afternoon in Seattle.

“LYNCH’S 2 TDs LEAD SEAHAWKS PAST RAIDERS, 30-24”

By Tim Booth, The Associated Press

 Fortunately for the Seahawks, they still have Marshawn Lynch to lean on. Lynch scored a pair of first-half touchdowns and Bruce Irvin returned an interception 35 yards for another score as the Seahawks (5-3) jumped to a 24-3 lead then held on through a sloppy second half.

Lynch carried tacklers and teammates into the end zone in the first quarter on his 3-yard scoring run, but was an important option for Russell Wilson as a pass catcher. Lynch finished with 67 yards rushing and another 76 receiving, and his day could have been far more productive if not for gains of 43, 20 and 11 yards on either runs or passes called back by penalties. His 5-yard run at the end of the first half gave the Seahawks a 21-point lead that seemed plenty comfortable at the time.

“WEEK 9: DROP OFF AT RUNNING BACK”

By John Clayton, ESPN.com

Amazing changes atop the NFC: Going into the season, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco were favored to be the top seeds in the NFC. At midseason, it’s Arizona followed by Philadelphia, Detroit and Dallas.

With QB Tony Romo sitting out because of two small fractures in his back, it’s no surprise the Cowboys lost to Arizona 28-17. The Cardinals’ run blitz ended Murray’s streak of 100-yard games. He had 79 yards on 19 carries.

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