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Can Marshawn Lynch Achieve ‘Predator Mode’ at Super Bowl XLIX?

Everyone knows about beast mode, #beastmode and the man behind it, Marshawn Lynch. We’ve seen his festivus feats of strength against multiple opponents (Saints 2012, Cardinals 2014 and Packers 2015); but has Marshawn Lynch given his best performance yet? Not likely. I believe there’s about to be a whole lot of Skittles devoured on Super Bowl Sunday and ‘Beast mode‘ is about to become ‘Predator mode.’

After all the fluff is gone and the “media” lets the teams truly focus on the big game, it’s Seattle vs. New England for football’s biggest prize. There are so many angles to cover in this game and the one man that can really decide if the Seahawks have it all this weekend is the Predator himself. When Lynch has his game going, he’s virtually unstoppable. His unforgiving force propels him further than most uber athletic human beings are allowed. What looks like a 2 yard gain or even a stop at the line of scrimmage can turn into a 10-13 yard trench by sheer determination.

There are a handful of backs that have that ability but no one really impacts the game like Lynch does. He doesn’t usually break open for 70 yards to pay dirt because somehow, some way that last fluke happens and he is pushed out of bounds. But, what Lynch DOES do is immeasurable pain to opposing teams defense play after play. He is a workhorse and if the right crack in the armor happens, its game over for the Patriots.

Marshawn isn’t perfect and the media sure has pointed that out this week. He grabs his junk, he doesn’t say much and he wears his own hats. Sounds like a guy to me? His wallet will be a lot lighter before the big game even happens; but he can thank the No Fun League for that. The man that ravages as a beast on the field is about to to take all you know about him and unleash ‘Predator Mode’.

We all remember the famous Predator movies; the dreadlocks, the spooky awesome mask and the heat vision. Marshawn is capable of his biggest game at the Super Bowl and the lack of true star receivers only helps his cause. Last year, there was an arsenal at Russell Wilson’s disposal and every target was a weapon. Percy Harvin and Golden Tate were the deep threats and this year it’s a committee approach. The one constant has been the man I am now calling The Predator.

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If you can’t stop him, if you can’t contain him there is little chance the game will end up positive for the Patriots. New England’s run defense this year ranked a decent 9th. They allowed 1669 yards from scrimmage and allowed 104.3 yards per game . When Lynch rushes for 85 yards or more, the Seahawks are 8-1 including playoffs and he has amassed 11 TD’s in that span, 2 of those games against top 10 defenses. Usually around the 90-100 yard mark is when the big game play happens and by then the the run defense has been broken apart. The Patriots pass D ranked 17th and allowed 3837 yards and 24 TD’s. Even Revis Island isn’t perfect all the time.

Russell Wilson will surely test NE’s DB’s at some point and he isn’t exactly a stranger to interceptions. But, knowing the air game will see it’s fair share on Sunday, that leaves Lynch to feast on the weak. Beast mode will be a thing of the past after the Seahawks claim their second Lombardi trophy in as many years and the Predator will be born. Despite his quirkiness, vulgarity and occasional self imposed vocal strikes, Marshawn Lynch is the most dangerous running back in the NFL.

Whatever the Seahawks decide to do in the offseason is their choice and up and coming power back Christine Michael may be the successor to Lynch’s throne. However, what the Seahawks would lose is a game breaker, a true game breaker that is unpredictable on the field. He has weaknesses and faults like any player does but at the end of the day he’s just a goofy guy that eats skittles and drags defenses all over the field.

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Marshawn Lynch is the Predator, he will destroy you.

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Seattle Seahawks Feeling SUPER Again

It doesnt matter where they play: Seattle, Arizona, New York, who cares? The Seahawks are back to being arguably the NFL’s best team again. It didn’t look that way early on this season but the 12’s have come to play and no one is going to take their ball away. After plastering the NFC West leading Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football 35-6, the Seahawks are firing on all cylinders going into the playoffs. The Seattle Seahawks are feeling SUPER again and their timing couldn’t be any better.

After a convincing win in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers, Seattle played some pretty inconsistent ball for about 5 weeks. Losses to the Chargers, Rams and the Cowboys IN Seattle; everyone wondered if the Seahawks weren’t the same team as last year and if they had that same stellar defense that led them to the Super Bowl back in February.

I guess when you question the reigning champs, they either answer the bell or become another one and done. Safe to say the Seahawks are once again proving why they are in my opinion, the NFL’s star on their Christmas tree. Led by the Legion of Boom on D, Marshawn Lynch and one of the emerging elite QB’s in the league, Russell Wilson, Seattle has everything in place to repeat as champions.

Lost from a year ago are wideouts Golden Tate and Percy Harvin; the band kept playing though and Wilson has spread the targets around to everyone and continued his amazing reads when he keeps the ball himself. Russell Wilson may not have the rocket arm or the best offensive line but he keeps the play alive on every down and usually turns a few heads every game. He is having a career year in pretty much every category with less options at his disposal and when he calls his own number, it’s no different. Russell Wilson is gonna get paid this year, but knowing him, he’ll take a lot less to keep his team together.

The defensive unit has not only equalled their output from last year, they have scared their opponents into thinking twice about doing…well….anything without risking a turnover or getting fiercely embarrassed. The vocal leader of the Legion of Boom, Richard Sherman is having a better year than he did a season ago as QB’s have thought twice about sending a ball his way and don’t want to give him a chance to make a play. They’re better off though; getting sacked by anyone else on that D corps isn’t fun. Sherman may not statistically be better in all areas but when the ball isn’t thrown in his direction, that says it all.

At 11-4, Seattle is tied with the Cardinals for the NFC West lead. Aside from a “epic fail” as the kids say, the Seahawks should stroll to another division crown. If they do win, they get to play in the loudest stadium in the league until the Super Bowl. Sort of ironic, being that they have quietly made their mark without destroying their opponents every week. Pete Carroll plays to win and if the blowouts come, well, that’s the other teams fault.

Another question going into the playoffs and really into the offseason is Beast mode aka Marshawn Lynch. There have been some interesting situations this season with Lynch from an “upset stomach” to not sitting with his team mates and just his quirky approach. Marshawn is once again showing why Seattle really needs to think hard about letting him go. Since 2011, Lynch has rushed for at least 1200 yards, 11.5 TD and averaged almost 4.5 yards per attempteach year. He has 14 fumbles and lost 6 in that same time.


Maybe don’t sit him in the first quarter, just saying

The X factor with Marshawn is that once he starts running, it takes an army and sometimes more to stop him. His “beast mode” runs are a thing of beauty. There is no one like him aside from maybe Le’veon Bell of Pittsburgh, and to give up on him because of a few potential issues seems like a tough decision. Backups Robert Turbin and Christine Michael just aren’t Lynch. They just aren’t. Another trip to the Super Bowl and maybe a win, could change Seattle’s decision and think about keeping “skittles” around for awhile.

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Going into the playoffs, the Seahawks are primed for another run to the Lombardi. There may be only a few teams that will challenge them and honestly, it will take a lot for them to lose. If Seattle DOES go all the way, they probably will have to go through Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning/Tom Brady. I can’t wait.

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Seahawks JUST DO IT

Well its been about 7 months since the Seattle Seahawks won their first ever SuperBowl. Punishing the Denver Broncos capped off an amazing season and everyone wondered, could they do it again? On Sept 4, 2014, the Hawks hosted the Green Bay Packers and didn’t disappoint the 12’s. Seattle controlled most of the play in the game and finished the Packers off 36-16.

The Seahawks JUST DO IT. Sorry Nike, they just took over the game.

We waited and waited and waited and it finally came. The Clink as it’s called hosted the NFL’s kickoff 2014 and made sure the ratings were up, up and away. From Pharrell to Soundgarden, it was an event that turned Seattle into a mini SuperBowl frenzy. Well, the Seahawks put pen to paper and inked a 1-0 start to their season.

It’s anyone’s guess as to when the Hawks will fall victim to the dreaded “loss” but the way they showed up the Packers, it won’t be soon.

The 2014 season brings new life to the Northwest warriors; Percy Harvin finally gets to show Seattle fan’s what they have been jonesing for, Richard Sherman can hopefully continue to backup his new contract extension and that Russell Wilson guy? Let’s see him win another ring.

The season is one game old and it feels like we have all these storylines to talk about, and that’s just ONE TEAM. I can’t wait for Sunday.

Oh, by the way; my fantasy team did just fine this evening.

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Why you gotta hate? Seahawks edition

A sequence seen too often, a west coast un respected team that finally wins and makes one move that the nation takes personally and all of a sudden they are public enemy #1. The Vancouver Canucks know this all too well after their rise to fame, heck even the Penguins saw a little flack when Sidney Crosby was labelled a whiner. Now, its Seattle’s turn.

Apparently its not supposed to happen this way. A good team from a small market isn’t supposed to win, isn’t supposed to beat their rival in a monstrous game, and definitely isn’t supposed to brag about it. Enter the Seattle Seahawks. They had a season that any NFL fan would be proud to say was their team. They did what so many teams failed to do, get to the Superbowl. And not just get there, they did it in dramatic fashion. They didn’t have a 4000 yard passer, they didn’t have the NFL’s leading rusher, they didn’t have the same group the whole season that fought through the trenches. The Hawks were constantly replacing offensive lineman game after game; which for a lot of teams might see the end of their good fortunes. They beat the 49ers in a game that seemed to be over after the Seahawks first play when Russell Wilson fumbled the ball and gave the Niners possesion.

For a Hawks team that man handled some of the top teams in the league this year, they looked ordinary and lifeless in the first half. So a local kid popped a few tags, got the crowd jacked and out came the 12th man in the second half, and boy did they ever. The Hawks would rally back and take the lead in the second half and eventually secure their berth to Superbowl XLVIII with a Richard Sherman tip to cause the game winning interception n the end zone over Michael Crabtree. Those two men were at each other this season and with the rivalry at the peak of its intensity, a play that ended the game brought on a ton of emotion. Crabtree was having a beauty of a day on the field which he usually does in the playoffs and the play that would most likely have sealed the deal fell short.

Here’s where most people will differ in opinion: Why was it such a big deal that Richard Sherman unleashed his WWE promo after causing the winning play in the game for his team? Have you not won a big game before? Have you ever beaten a buddy at Madden that was a bit more intense than it should have been? Did you not expect an outspoken Sherman to have SOMETHING to say when he was the first guy interviewed by Erin “eye candy” Andrews? She didn’t exactly hold her own in that interview. Did she not have a follow up question to maybe address why that play pushed the 12th man over the edge? NO, she didn’t. Richard Sherman did what ANY big player would have done in the same situation, he spoke up after totally owning his man in what would have most likely been a game winning touchdown. So forgive me if the “thug” had a bit of emotion on his chest when he sealed his teams berth into the Superbowl.

It seems like if you win you aren’t allowed to be excited about it….ITS THE FREAKING SUPERBOWL!!!! The fact that Sherman carried his rivalry with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh since college makes the play all that more amazing. The fact the Hawks beat the team they were predicted to play before the preseason even started is amazing. Add the fact that a 2nd year QB, a guy who literally stole the job away from a guy who inked a fat payday after subbing in for Mr. Discount Double Check for one game. This Seahawks team is way more special than the team that faced the Steelers in Superbowl XL. They have a more rounded team, a more unified team, and I am pretty sure that they have guys that won’t drop the ball in the end zone this time, ya I’m talking to you Jerramy Stevens.

I intercepted yo mouth breathin brother man, Imma pick you off too

I intercepted yo mouth breathin brother man, Imma pick you off too
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Why is it that once a team gets popular because of their success, that the sports world turns on them. Because they beat YOUR TEAM? Because YOUR TEAM didn’t make it that far? Because YOUR TEAM didn’t have the talent to do what they did? The Redskins went through the same thing with RG3. As soon as there was a sign of weakness, all of a sudden RG3 is selfish and a “I” guy. The underdog is cool until they reach stardom and then everyone is waiting for the shoe to drop. So tell me why is it that the biggest play of the game wasn’t allowed to be talked about by the guy that MADE the play? This sheep sports society doesn’t like its wool straightened out, it doesn’t like anything out of the norm. It needs to have a hero and the hero always wins. Well what if the hero has a big mouth? Is that ok?

Sports is so weird. Everyone wants the league to be more exciting, more unpredictable. Well this post season has been anything BUT predictable and as soon as someone says anything about it, now its an issue. GET A GRIP! The NFL has been robbed of any ounce of fun and the fun is hitting major heights, so saddle up and enjoy.

The NFL is looking better than it ever did and it finally has an opportunity to max out on a small market team and get them back in the spotlight. Not only that, they are facing a soon to be hall of famer with an offense that shot to kill and didn’t look back. They are facing a man that doesn’t exactly lose a lot. Don’t hate on the guys that make the sport more exciting, has the NO FUN LEAGUE brainwashed the casual fan, or worse, the diehard?

It’s Peyton Manning vs. Russell Wilson, its the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks. Two #1 teams with a #1 defense on one side and a #1 offense on the other. It doesn’t get any better than that. So there won’t be any Kaepernicking this year, there won’t be any power outages and there will definitely be some history made on that fine Sunday.

There will also be a sick ton of Skittles.

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