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"Beast Mode" is the term used by Marshawn Lynch when describing his style of running. And that it is.
Lynch has the ability to run directly into a pile of players and somehow make it out the other end for some positive yards. This guy's feet just never seem to stop, and that is what makes him a top end running back in this league.
This year, Lynch is suspended for the first three games. However, fans and coaches are not sweating because his backup, Freddy Jackson, is just as good in their opinions.
Coming out of Marv Levy's old school, Coe College, Jackson made his first appearance for the Bills in 2007 against the Washington Redskins, a game in which Buffalo won. On December 9, 2007, both Lynch and Jackson rushed for over 100 yards against their division rivals, the Miami Dolphins.
This was the first time any Bills players had accomplished this feat since Thurman Thomas and Darick Holmes back in 1996. For many fans, this two-headed monster leaves plenty to be excited about.
The Colts are no strangers to having a one-two punch at running back either.
During the 2006 season, the year in which Indianapolis became Super Bowl champions, they unleashed upon other teams the running duo of then rookie Joseph Addai and veteran Dominic Rhodes. While Addai would go on to become the main focus of the team, Rhodes made a case for himself that year rushing for over 100 yards and scoring a one yard touchdown during the Super Bowl.
Addai and Rhodes split carries during Addai's rookie season and it proved to be profitable for the team. Also, last year, when Addai was injured, Rhodes again showed that he was a more than capable backup by amassing nine touchdowns in all.
When Lynch returns to work after his suspension, I have no doubt the Bills backs can be just as productive as Addai and Rhodes, if not more.