Marshawn Lynch is fashioning a productive career by finding ways to get a lot from a little.
But the Seahawks’ Beast Mode back added a new wrinkle to his habit of getting more yards on most carries than appear to be there. During the 2012 season, when Lynch ran for a career-high 1,590 yards, he produced three of the top four per-carry average games by a running back in franchise history.
And in each instance, he did it with 12 or fewer carries: 11 for 128 yards against the Cardinals on Dec. 9 for an 11.64-yard average; 10 for 113 yards against the Bills on Dec. 16 for an 11.30-yard average; and 12 for 105 yards against the Lions on Oct. 28 for an 8.75-yard average.
Wedged between Lynch’s efforts that sit at No. 2 and No. 4 is the previous record – an 8.86-yard average against the Falcons on Nov. 7, 1976, by Sherman Smith, who now coaches the team’s backs.
If you add quarterbacks to the list, Russell Wilson checks in at No. 3 after averaging 10.2 yards on nine (for 92 yards) in that same December romp over the Bills in Toronto.
Also on the list among running backs: Lawrence McCutcheon, 8.64-yard average against the Cowboys in 1980 (11 carries for 95 yards); and Lynch, 8.17-yard average against the Giants in 2011 (12 carries for 98 yards).