Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks run wild over Giants

The Seattle Seahawks leaned on their hard-charging ground game to wipe away the New York Giants in Sunday's 38-17 victory at CenturyLink Field. Our takeaways:

  1. Marshawn Lynch ran with brute force for the second straight week. After carrying the team with 143 total yards against Oakland last Sunday, the running back lashed New York for 140 yards and a career-best four scores off 21 totes. Russell Wilson also starred out of the backfield to account for 107 of Seattle's 350 rushing yards -- the most in a game by any team this season and a franchise record.
  1. Their success by land doesn't entirely mask a "totally random" Seahawksair attack that squeezed out just 81 yards over the first 38 minutes of play. No matter how you spin it, Wilson misses Percy Harvin and especially Golden Tate. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback threw two picks in a game for the first time in over a year. The second interception was simply a bad toss by Wilson, who lacks anything resembling a game-breaking target. Time to give Randy Moss another call?
  1. Odell Beckham is a star in the making. After putting a double move on Richard Sherman for a 44-yard grab, the Giants rookie pass-catcher fried Marcus Burley down the sideline for a 26-yard haul that set up New York's second touchdown. Beckham piled up 84 yards over the first 16 minutes of play en route to his second straight 100-yard afternoon. The Seahawks, though, turned this game around when Eli Manning's third-quarter pass to Beckham in the end zone was picked off by Earl Thomas and returned to midfield.
  1. With Rashad Jennings not suiting up and Peyton Hillis leaving early with a concussion, Big Blue relied on Andre Williams to carry the ground game. The rookie dragged a Seahawks defender into the end zone for a four-yard score en route to 33 yards on 13 attempts. His 2.5 yards per carry mark the eighth time in nine games that Williams has been held below 4.0 yards per rush.
  1. Teams aren't shying away from throwing at Sherman. For the third straight week, quarterbacks found success aiming at his side of the field. We'll take a closer look at the All-22 this week, but Sherman hasn't been his invincible self of late. Missing safety Kam Chancellor doesn't help.
  1. The win helps Seattle (6-3) keep pace behind the surging Cardinals (8-1) and feisty 49ers (5-4). Two remaining games against both of those teams will decide this rough-and-tumble division.

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