A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 13:
Marshawn Lynch. How productive has the Seahawks’ Skittles-back been during his current six-game surge? Best-in-the-league productive.
That’s right. No back in the NFL has rushed for more yards since Week 9 than Lynch.
“No, man,” quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said after Monday night’s victory over the Rams when asked if anything Lynch does anymore surprises him. “I just enjoy watching him, listening to him, just everything. Just being Marshawn.
“He’s a fun guy to be around and his play on the field pretty much speaks for itself.”
Or screams. Just check out what Lynch has done in the past six games: 135 yards and a 5.9-yard average against the Cowboys’ eighth-ranked run defense; 109 yards and a 3.4-yard average against the Ravens’ second-ranked run defense; 88 yards and a 3.3-yard average against the Rams; 111 yards and a 4.6-yard average against the Redskins; 148 yards and a 6.7-yard average against the Eagles; and 115 yards and a 5.0-yard average against the Rams.
Lynch also has scored six rushing touchdowns in this stretch.
Put it all together, and here’s what you get:
Player, team Att. Yds. Avg. TD
Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks 151 706 4.7 6
Chris Johnson, Titans 110 573 5.2 3
Ray Rice, Ravens 119 540 4.5 5
Michael Bush, Raiders 136 527 3.9 4
DeMarco Murray, Cowboys 106 497 4.7 1
IN ’N OUT
Cornerback Ron Parker was placed on injured reserve today. He had been claimed off waivers from the Raiders on Oct. 24. The team did not make a move to fill his spot on the 53-man roster.
The club also switched defensive ends on its practice squad, signing John Graves and releasing Keith Darbut, who was just signed last week.
STAT DU JOUR
The Seahawks have strung together six consecutive games with at least 100 rushing yards for the first time since 2002-03, and only the fourth time in franchise history during the same season. Here’s a look at their longest runs in this category:
12 Last three in 1978, first nine in 1979
9 Last eight in 1977, first game in 1978
7 Last four 1987, first three games 1988
7 Last four games 1997, first three games 1998
6 Last four games 2002, first two games 2003
The players were “off” day today, so the coaches could compile the game plan for Sunday’s game against the Bears in Chicago. The players return on Wednesday to begin this week’s preparations.
Lynch will sign autographs at the Pro Shop at CenturyLink Field today from 6-7 p.m.
Tickets remain for the Christmas Eve game against the 49ers at CenturyLink Field and can be purchased here.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I’ve played there a number of times, and everything that you hear is true. It’s one of the great places in this league to play outside, and they generate a ton of noise.” – Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on CenturyLink Field and the 12th MAN crowd to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after Monday night’s game