Every season, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is good for a few runs that seem to defy the laws of physics. Lynch has a combination of power, second effort and lateral agility that makes him a unique challenge for enemy defenders, and he certainly showed that with 5:39 left in the first half of the Seahawks' game against the New York Giants. Seattle had the ball at the Giants' 2-yard line, Russell Wilson handed the ball off to Lynch, the Giants thought they had the play contained, and then they didn't. Lynch bulled through that defense, somehow stayed alive near the plane of the goal line when it looked like he was about to go down and blew through for the touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 10-0 lead.
When they talked about the Seahawks this week, New York's defenders and coaches seemed to know what they were in for.
"Marshawn is a hard runner," defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. "I was fortunate enough to be with him in Buffalo and he goes into Beast Mode, what he calls, so he’ll take on a linebacker or he’ll take on a safety, or he’ll take on a defensive lineman. He’ll challenge them in the hole and then he has the ability to step in the hole and get out of the hole and accelerate down the field. He has all of the elements of a complete back."
Cornerback Terrell Thomas said pretty much the same, and in effect predicted how that play was going to go.
"Marshawn is just a bully out there when he runs the ball, it takes multiple guys to bring him down. I think he’s one of the only running backs to have 1,000 yards the last three seasons, so he’s a solid back, he’s their workhorse and we'll have our hands full trying to tackle him." Indeed they will, and they already have.