Marshawn Lynch and 7 NFL Players Defenders Hate to Tackle
Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 19 times for 103 yards against the highly-touted San Francisco 49ers defense on Thursday Night Football.
The bruiser became the second player to top 100 yards rushing against the 49ers this season, following the performance of the New York Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw the week before.
Both Lynch and Frank Gore of the 49ers put up their third 100-yard rushing day of the season in the Thursday night contest, proving that neither player is someone that defenders necessarily enjoy taking down.
Here are Lynch and seven other guys whom NFL defenders have to make business decisions when tackling.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch got his nickname, Beast Mode, for a reason: His running style is by no means slippery. The Seattle Seahawks starting running back seems to be far more interested in punishing defenders that dare to put their hands on him than avoiding their grasps.
Lynch has 147 carries for 652 yards and two touchdowns so far in 2012.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson has a heavy dose of elusiveness in his game, but don’t be fooled—he’ll go after defenders just as willingly as defenders will go after him.
There’s a reason he owns the NFL single-game record with 296 yards rushing. The dude runs mean.
Peterson has 499 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 113 carries this year.
DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Like the Oklahoma running back before him (Peterson), DeMarco Murray seeks out contact to finish his runs. As the nation saw in the first game of the NFL season, Murray’s style can lend to big plays in the running game for the Cowboys.
Unfortunately, it also leads him into injury on occasion. Murray is currently out with an injured foot.
Murray has 330 yards on 75 carries this season.
Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Steven Jackson is listed at 6’2”, 240 pounds and once he gets a head of steam, he’s a force to be reckoned with in the open field.
Like many players in this list, defenders are forced to go after Jackson’s legs to have a chance at bringing him down. Otherwise, they will simply be passengers on a long run by the St. Louis Rams' tailback.
Jackson has gained 323 rushing yards on 89 carries in 2012.
LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LeGarrette Blount doesn’t start for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers anymore, but he still boasts 5.1 yards per carry in 2012. He’s got 102 yards on 20 totes with two touchdowns.
He is more well known for leaping over would-be tacklers in a single bound, but he can also run over and through the same guys with his 247-pound frame if he so chooses.
Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall is the representative for wide receivers on this list. He’s the type of player who is capable of going up over the top of a defense to bring down a pass as well as dragging dudes around if they would like to go for a ride.
A true No. 1 receiver, Marshall is even an imposing threat in the run-blocking game.
He’s caught 35 passes for 496 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski represents the tight ends that are difficult to bring down. This guy is huge: 6’6”, 265 as the heaviest and tallest player on the list.
His height isn’t the only reason that he broke the tight end record of touchdown receptions in a single season in 2011. He’s a force in the open field, as well.
Gronkowski has 29 receptions for 356 yards and three touchdowns this year.
Tim Tebow, New York Jets
Tim Tebow of the New York Jets is, of course, the resident quarterback that is a nightmare to bring down. He hit the weights hard this offseason in anticipation of carrying the football—and defenders—for a few yards.
He’s at about 250 pounds, which is like an NBA power forward, but he’s 6’3”. Tebow is big and he runs tough. He’s got 64 yards on 18 carries in six 2012 games.