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Seahawks-Browns matchup of the day: Saturday

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By Mike Wilkening

Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Seahawks-Browns game.

Seahawks running game vs. Browns run defense

All of the Browns' opponents this season have exceeded 100 yards rushing, and all have racked up at least 109 yards, and Cleveland has allowed the sixth-most rushing yards in the NFL (129.8 ypg). While that doesn't flatter the Browns' defense, note that opponents are attempting 33.2 rushes per game vs. Cleveland, third most in the NFL. Also, the Browns have allowed just three rushes of 20 yards or more in 166 attempts. 

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (58 carries, 239 yards, two TDs) is Seattle's primary ball carrier, with Justin Forsett (14-34-0) contributing on pass downs and Leon Washington (9-39-0) another option. Lynch is one of the game's more powerful runners, and he can be tough to bring down once he gets some momentum. He also has some long speed, as he showed vs. the Giants in Week Five, when he bounced an inside run outside for a 47-yard gain.

The Seahawks have primarily run most off left tackle (27 rushes / 4.07 ypc) and up the middle (24 rushes / 4.38 ypc). The Browns are allowing 4.61 yards on middle runs and 3.83 yards off left tackle.

Tackling well and carrying out assignments is always key in the running game, and Lynch has the skill set to end up on highlight reels (see his memorable long TD run vs. New Orleans in January) if he gets through the initial wave of defenders.



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