Marshawn Lynch Injury: Seattle Seahawks Doomed Without RB

Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterOctober 23, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 09:  Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on from the sidelines during the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 9, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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No Tarvaris Jackson, no Marshawn Lynch, no offense for the Seattle Seahawks.

Lynch joined Jackson on the sidelines after hurting his back during pre-game warm-ups, leaving the Seahawks offense woefully short of productive players in an unwatchable 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

With those two gone and Charlie Whitehurst, Leon Washington and Justin Forsett filling in, the Seahawks managed an abysmal 137 yards of offense against a Browns defense that, while it is among the stingiest in the NFL coming into Week 7, was made to look dominant by a hapless bunch of birds from the Pacific Northwest. Whitehurst connected on 12 of 30 attempts for 97 yards and an interception, while Washington and Forsett, for whatever reason, garnered just 15 carries for 62 yards.

In the process, the Seahawks offense held the ball for a shade over 17 minutes, averaging just under six minutes per point.

Seattle came into Sunday ranked 30th in the NFL in total offense and doesn't figure to get any better if Lynch has to miss any more games. Lynch had been a solid ball carrier for Pete Carroll's club this season, racking up 322 total yards and two touchdowns, including a 4.1 yards per carry average, through the Seahawks' first five games.

Lynch's absence isn't all bad news for Seattle, though. For one, Washington ran well in his absence, posting 39 yards on just seven carries. The sixth-year veteran has spent most of his career as a backup but could prove to be a productive player while Lynch is out.

And if you're into the whole "Suck For Andrew Luck" sweepstakes (which you should be if you're a Seahawks fan), then the team getting worse might not actually be such a bad thing. At 2-4, Seattle still has to contend with nine other teams sporting similar or worse records.

With or without Lynch, the Seahawks could easily lose their next three games (versus Cincinnati, at Dallas, versus Baltimore). Then, they'll face off with the winless Rams in Week 11, in a game that figures to have a significant impact on which team ends up with the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

In the meantime, folks in the Emerald City will simply have to endure some of the worst offensive football the NFL has seen in years.


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