Marshawn Lynch's Injury Won't Prevent Him from Steamrolling the Jets Defense

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIINovember 7, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks breaks the tackle of Aldon Smith #99 of the San Francisco 49ers and gains fifteen yards during the secon quarter of their NFL football game at Candlestick Park on October 18, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Marshawn Lynch has rushed for over 100 yards in each of his last three games. He currently ranks second in the NFL with 881 yards on the ground and has also added four touchdowns. The man they call "Beast Mode" has lived up to his nickname ever since his memorable run against the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 divisional playoff game.

He will almost certainly add to his streak of 100-yard games as his Seattle Seahawks team welcomes the New York Jets and their 29th ranked rush defense that has allowed an awful 141.4 rushing yards per game to opponent running backs this season. The Jets have also allowed nine rushing scores.

From a fantasy standpoint, this could possibly be the most intriguing matchup for any running back in the league this week since, according to, Marshawn Lynch did not practice on Wednesday due to a back injury that he has been fighting for a long time. 

Fantasy owners have little to worry about, as he was most likely only held out for precautionary reasons. If you're a glass-half-full kind of person, look at like this: Lynch has one extra day of rest to prepare to gash the Jets pathetic run defense.

Take note of some of the Jets' poor performances against the run this year. In week 1, they allowed C.J. Spiller to rush for 169 yards and the Buffalo Bills to rush for 195 yards as a team. In week 3, the Miami Dolphins used a three-headed rushing attack featuring Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, and Lamar Miller to go for 185 total rushing yards on the Jets defense. In a week 4 blowout loss to the San Francisico 49ers, the Jets allowed a balanced 49er rushing game to go for an astonishing 247 yards on the ground.

When the Jets defense got their first crack at a premier tailback, they failed miserably. They allowed Arian Foster to bulldoze through holes all night long in week 5 for 152 yards and a touchdown.

I think it is safe to say that Marshawn Lynch is capable of replicating some of these performances. After all, he has put up more rushing yards this year than any single running back the Jets have seen thus far.

Lynch and the Seahawks are also playing at home, where the opposition has yet to beat them this season. The Seahawks are 4-0 at home this year and have outscored their opponents by 33 points.

Obviously keep an eye on his progress this week, but it is usually protocol for an NFL team to keep their injured guys out of practice as a precaution.

The Jets have little-to-no hope to get back on track with a win this week.

Marshawn Lynch will play an intricate role in sending the Jets out of Seattle with a 3-6 record.