NFL Media's LaDainian Tomlinson opined on Monday's edition of NFL Total Access that Pete Carroll's squad has lost its identity this season.
"Think about it. As the years pass, we've known this team as physical, downhill running team," Tomlinson explained. "But also everything else comes off of their running game -- the play-action pass -- and that's how those wide receivers get open.
"Well, the run game has been inconsistent, maybe because they're trying to create a different identity with Russell Wilson and throwing the football a little bit."
Lynch has averaged a gaudy 6.05 yards per carry in the two losses. It's not that the Seahawks haven't been able to run the ball effectively.
The problem is that those two opponents doubled their time of possession and ran nearly twice as many plays.
The offense can exercise more control of those two factors by converting third downs at a higher rate. It's in that trouble spot that Tomlinson's theory comes into play.
How many teams have the capability to pull that off? We can count them on one hand.