Wide receiver Dez Bryant’s recent arrest for allegedly attacking his own mother isn’t doing the youngster or the Cowboys organization any favors, but another NFL star’s run-in with the law may end up helping the cause.
Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of a DUI. Lynch was observed “nearly colliding” with two vehicles before eventually being pulled over. He failed field sobriety tests administered by authorities and a blood test would eventually show he was over the legal limit of .08.
Considering that Lynch has a troubled past, commissioner Roger Goodell just may be putting the “Beast Mode” on hold for part of the upcoming season. Lynch was already suspended for three games in 2009 on a weapons charge. It has been three years since that arrest, but depending how this latest incident plays out, a similar suspension could be in the works.
If so, Lynch may not be suiting up for the Seahawks Week 2 home matchup against the Cowboys. While a DUI,or driving like a maniac in general, is no joke, Dallas would catch a huge break if Lynch had to serve any type of multiple game suspension.
Last season, in a Week 9 matchup at Cowboys Stadium, Lynch ran wild, piling up 135 yards and a TD on 23 carries. The Cowboys would eventually win the ball game 23-13, but couldn't break a 6-6 tie until halfway through the 3rd quarter.
This year, the rematch will be held at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. For those that aren’t aware, it is not a friendly venue for opposing teams. We’ve seen many times, most notably in the 2010 Wild Card win over the defending champion Saints, that Seattle is a completely different team at home as opposed to when they travel.
Much of that success relates to Lynch and the running game the Seahawks are able to establish when playing at home.
Would avoiding Lynch greatly improve the Cowboys' chances of victory in Week 2?
In eight 2011 home games, Lynch piled up 711 yards and 7 TDs on 165 carries, good for an average of 4.3 yards per carry. That equals an average of 88.9 yards per game at home. On the road, he averaged just 70.4 YPG. Lynch also gained 147 yards through the air at home, as opposed to just 67 yards receiving in road games.
Luckily for Seattle, if Lynch does serve a suspension, they drafted power back Robert Turbin out of Utah State in the fourth round of the 2011 Draft. Turbin displays a little “Beast Mode” himself when he runs, and should help alleviate the potential loss of the Hawks’ starting RB.
That said, Turbin will be a rookie, and when Dallas shows up for a Week 2 battle, he’ll be an extremely inexperienced first-timer.
Something tells me he and backup RB Leon Washington would be much more of a pleasure for the Cowboys to handle than Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch.
So, luckily for the Cowboys, Bryant isn’t the only one screwing up this offseason.
Not by a long shot.