Marshawn Lynch Traded To The Seattle Seahawks Changing The NFC West Landscape

Matthew FairburnCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 13: Safety Mike Brown of the Kansas City Chiefs tackles running back Marshawn Lynch #23 of the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2009 Kansas City, Missouri.  The Bills defeated the Chiefs 16-10.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks acquired Marshawn Lynch from the Buffalo Bills today in exchange for a 2011 fourth round draft choice along with a conditional 2012 selection. In a tight race for the NFC West Title the Seahawks' acquisition of Lynch could put them over the top.

Lynch brings to the table a tremendous blend of power and explosiveness and the former Pro Bowler has excellent hands out of the backfield. Seattle's offense has lacked any punch from the running back position since the decline of Shaun Alexander, so Lynch will be welcomed with open arms. In fact Pete Carrol already has plans of a featured roll for the former Golden Bear.

Meanwhile, the NFC West is up for grabs.

The Rams currently sit atop the division with a 2-2 record, but are starting a rookie quarterback and should show their true colors eventually. The Cardinals have struggled through putrid quarterback play and the loss of multiple stars on the defense. In addition the 49ers, who were expected to run away with the division have stumbled to an 0-4 record out of the gate.

This leaves the Seahawks within striking distance of a division crown.

They will be limited by their average quarterback play and thin secondary however with an explosive running attack they will have a leg up on a division that has had trouble stopping opposing rushers.

If Lynch regains his Pro Bowl form, and stays out of trouble off of the field the Seahawks could squeeze out 8 wins, which may be more than enough to win the NFC West in 2010.