Nov 9, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running backMarshawn Lynch
(24) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
4. The Patriots Run Defense Against Beast Mode
In the Divisional Round the Patriots gave up 129 yards rushing to Justin Forsett of the Baltimore Ravens. The Indianapolis Colts running game is almost nonexistent and the Patriots one defensive vulnerability was not exposed. The Seahawks, who lean on their running back Marshawn Lynch, will test the Patriots run defense early and often.
Lynch has averaged 5.5 yards this postseason. The offensive line is getting great push and winning at the point of attack. The rest is up to the running back they lovingly refer to as Beast Mode.
The Patriots have some big space eaters in the front of their defense, none are more massive than Vince Wilfork. If Wilfork can blow up the plays by owning the A gaps, the Patriots just may have a shot at stopping Lynch.
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