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Post subject: Lynch looks to further prove value after MVP season Marshawn Post Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:01 am
Lynch looks to further prove value after MVP season Marshawn Lynch, who the Seahawks refused to give a significant raise in the offseason, was the Seahawks most valuable player this year. Ke’Bryan Hayes Jersey . With all due respect to Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and others, Lynch entered every game of the Seahawks campaign as the focal point of opponents and yet still managed to create big plays on the ground and in the passing game. He finished as the leagues fourth leading rusher in 2014 and finished third in receiving yards on the Seahawks. His 13 rushing touchdowns tied him with DeMarco Murray for the league lead. The 28-year-old proved throughout the season and again in the NFC Championship game – when he rushed for a season-high 157 yards – why he had demanded more money when the Seahawks opened training camp as defending champions in August. Lynch demanded his $5 million base salary be raised in the offseason and when he didnt receive an offer he liked, decided to hold out as the team returned to Seattle. After one week, and a $1.5 million raise, Lynch ended his holdout and returned to the team. His $6.5 million contract left him as the leagues sixth-highest paid back. In Super Bowl XLVIII, the Denver Broncos held Lynch to just 39 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown as the Seahawks defence and special teams stole the show. Beast Mode will be looking to better that performance against a Patriots defence which ranked ninth against the run this season and prove why he dissevered more from the Seahawks front office. If the Seahawks repeat, dont expect Malcolm Smith to As the Seahawks defence dominated Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, outside linebacker Malcolm Smith was rewarded with the Super Bowl MVP title. Working as a replacement for injured starter K.J. Wright, Smith was all over the field against the Broncos; credited with a safety, a fumble recovery and a career-high 10 tackles. He topped all that off with a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown. One year later, Wright is healthy and finished as the teams leading tackler in the regular season, leaving Smith as a backup once again. Though the Seahawks defence may shine once again on the leagues biggest stage, barring injury, Smith will not be a key contributor. According to Bovada, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman are listed the Seahawks defensive favourites to be the Super Bowl MVP at 33-to-1 odds. Free safety Earl Thomas (40/1) and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (50/1) have the next best odds of any Seahawks defender. Wright is listed at 75/1, while Smith is going off at 100/1, tying him for the longest odds of any player. Canadian TE Willson emerges as an X-Factor In his second season with the Seattle, Canadian tight end Luke Willson rose up the depth chart and became a starter in the Seahawks offence. Willsons 16.5 yards-per-catch average led all Seahawks who caught more than 20 balls in 2014, and he finished as the teams fourth leading receiver with 362 yards. At 65, 252 pounds with a 4.5 second 40-yard dash time, Willson can create mismatches against smaller defensive backs or slower linebackers. Quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks will likely be forced to take advantage of these opportunities against Patriots, when cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner are expected to lock down receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. Willson caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round and caught the two-point conversion attempt against the Packers that put the Seahawks up 22-19 with under two minutes to play. See you next year? Seahawks roster built for another run Of 22 starters across Seattles offence and defence, just five are set for free agency this offseason; cornerback Byron Maxwell, guard James Carpenter, receiver Jermaine Kearse, defensive tackle Kevin Williams and fullback Will Tukuafu. Of those, only Maxwell would likely be viewed as a significant loss should he depart. Both Williams and Tukuafu opened the year as backups until injuries promoted them. A Super Bowl win has a possibility to ruin a team financially if multiple key contributors are headed to the open market – see Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco – but the Seahawks are built to remain a contender and a potential dynasty with key players locked in for another year. The average player age on Seahawks 53-man roster in Week 1 placed them as the NFLs seventh-youngest team at 25.65 years old. 2014 also marked the third straight year the Seahawks ranked in the top seven in that regard. With Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas all under contract for at least one more year, a three-peat is not out of the question for the Seahawks. That, of course, will require a win on Sunday over the NFLs last dynasty, the New England Patriots. Jay Bell Jersey . Three days after falling to Hamilton, Abbotsford scored three goals in 53 seconds en route to a convincing 5-1 win over the Bulldogs Saturday in American Hockey League play. Jason Martin Jersey . -- Jaye Marie Green shot a course-record 10-under 62 on Wednesday to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. https://www.cheappiratesjerseys.us/782e-billy-southworth-jersey-pirates.html .com) - The Carolina Hurricanes placed defenseman John-Michael Liles on injured reserve Tuesday.(SportsNetwork.com) - After studying film on the Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said their defense is blockable. Whether that was knock on his offensive line is another story, but the film doesnt lie. McCoy saw the Pittsburgh Steelers open holes and create running lanes for LeVeon Bell, who rumbled for 204 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries in a Monday night win. McCoy hasnt had more than 24 carries in a game this season and will try to prove the naysayers wrong Sunday versus Tennessee at Lincoln Financial Field. After leading the NFL in rushing last season with 1,607 yards and 5.1 yards per carry, McCoy has been a hot topic for criticism for down numbers in 2014. But, he still has 729 yards and only two touchdowns, and was asked if he is the same player from years past. Im not going to address, Am I the same player? I wont address that. For what? What are we talking about, am I the same player? Thats for yall to figure out. You crazy? Am I the same player? I am the same player, McCoy said this week. Well, McCoy hasnt looked like the same player probably because defenses are loading up and forcing the Eagles to beat them through the air. McCoy had only 19 yards on 12 carries in a blowout win versus Carolina, then managed to post 88 yards on 23 carries in last Sundays lopsided 53-20 loss in Green Bay. Its the same way when we win, McCoy said. When you win, you celebrate, enjoy the win, and then you have to get past it. This season is all about the next week ... We lose to a good team, we come back, we prepare and get ready for the next week. Darren Sproles was brought over to take the load off McCoy and had only 21 yards on two carries Sunday. Sproles, whos a dangerous weapon in the return game, hasnt had more than seven carries in a game since posting 11 in Week 1. He needs to be more involved in the run game to make the Eagles more balanced and dangerous. McCoy and Sproles are rarely on the field at the same time. The Titans are 31st against the run (143.5 ypg), while the Eagles are averaging 114.2 ypg rushing. Mark Sanchez made his second start for the Eagles and didnt play as sharp as he did versus the Panthers. Sanchez was picked off twice and one interception was returned 52 yards for a touchdown by Julius Peppers. Sanchez also fumbled a bad snap and it was returned 49 yards for a score by Casey Hayward. When the frost settled at a chilly Lambeau Field, Sanchez finished 26-of-44 passing for 346 yards. I know for sure that this team wont quit, Sanchez said, and thats going to be important, because down the stretch here were going to need to fight to the finish and come back and get a great win next week. The Eagles entered Lambeau having won two straight and four of five games. Philadelphia is favored to win Sunday and 5-0 at home, but has a gauntlet to go through afterward with two games against Dallas sandwiched around a meeting with Seattle. The Eagles, who have won nine straight regular season games at home and are tied with the Cowboys atop the NFC East with identical 7-3 records, will close the season with road games in Washington and New York. Tennessee enters the City of Brotherly Love riding a four-game losing streak and fell to 2-8 after Mondays 27-24 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bell ran all over the Titans, who blew a 24-13 lead by allowing 14 points in the fourth quarter. Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger connected on 15-of-24 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while fellow rookie Bishop Sankey carried the ball 11 times for 38 yards and a score. We feel very close, Mettenberger said. Were not doing enough to win football games. Thats the bottom line and the most important thing. But rookie running back, rookie left tackle, rookie quarterback, rookie middle linebacker. Were doing a lot of good things. The Titans have a short week to prepare for the Eagles and should expect an aerial show. They are strong against the pass this season, sitting ninth with 226.9 yards allowed. Cornerback Jason McCourty leads the team with three interceptions, while free safety Michael Griffin and linebacker Wesley Woodyard have two picks apiece. Look for Tennessee to try and force Sanchez into making poor reads and errant throws. Tennessee is sixth in sacks with 29.0 this season and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey boasts a team-high four. Titans linebacker Avery Williamson had two of the Titans five sacks of Pittsburgh. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is not taking the Titans lightly. I thinnk the one thing everybody in this building comes away with is how hard Tennessee plays, Kelly said. Rennie Stennett Jersey. I think theyre a tough, hard-nosed physical team. Theyve got some very good players on the defensive side of the ball. I think theyve got a very aggressive attack and scheme that (defensive coordinator) Ray (Horton) put them in. We know its going to be a heck of a game on Sunday. The Titans have won four in a row against the Eagles and trail the all-time series by a 4-6 count. They destroyed Philadelphia, 37-19, the last time the teams met on Oct. 24, 2010 in Nashville, where McCoy ran for 48 yards and had 54 receiving. Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin had five catches for 42 yards. Maclin and improving rookie wideout Jordan Matthews hope to have a big day Sunday. Tennessees only visit to Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 19, 2006 resulted in a 31-13 rout. Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt is 3-1 against the Eagles, including the playoffs. WHAT TO WATCH FOR The Eagles are second in sacks with 33.0, but only managed one (Vinny Curry) against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had all the time in the world to pick apart Phillys secondary, passing for 341 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Rodgers even had time to chuckle during the debacle that saw Eagles cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher get torched early and often. That seems to be the theme even if the Eagles play well. Philadelphia is trying to bounce back Sunday and has won the last four games directly after a loss dating back to Week 8 of last season. I think the biggest thing is that were eager to get better, to make the corrections that we need to make, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. Were excited, and were looking forward to the opportunity to get better. We still have all the confidence in the world, we still know were a great team, and were looking forward to proving that this week. The Eagles are 19th against the run, but Tennessee doesnt have much of a rushing attack. The Titans are 25th in passing (216.5 ypg), 26th in rushing (92.5 ypg), 30th in points scored (16.8 ppg) and 31st in total yards (309.0 ypg). The Titans hope to get tight end Delanie Walker (concussion) back and he leads them with 512 yards and four touchdowns. Walker has to be cleared in order to play. Wide receiver Kendall Wright has 473 yards and four scores on a team-high 43 receptions. Of course Mettenberger has to get them the ball. Rookie left tackle Taylor Lewan described his QB as a savage. When asked to elaborate on that, Taylor responded, Savage: A guy who doesnt care about much and just wants to go in and do his job. He doesnt care about whether hes going to be popular or not ... he just wants to throw touchdowns. Mettenberger said he would like to get his first win out of the way. Ive got to keep working, Mettenberger said. Ive yet to get a win, and really thats the most important thing. And its kind of eating at me. Brandon Graham (4 1/2 sacks), Curry (6 sacks) and Connor Barwin (10 1/2 sacks) hope to add to their total Sunday with an inexperienced quarterback coming in on a short week. Barwin has 8 1/2 sacks in the last three games at home. Zachs improving and doing a lot of good things for us, Whisenhunt said of his QB. Weve just got to continue to see him grow in that. A short week is another test for him. Going on the road into this environment is another test of seeing a defense that will bring a lot of pressure, being able to handle that. What you want to see is us win a game. Thats what we need to do. In injury news for the Eagles, guard Matt Tobin suffered a concussion at Green Bay and his status versus Tennessee doesnt look good. Andre Gardner took first-team reps at guard in Tobins absence during practice. I just try to approach it the same way I approach it every week because the reality is I could play every snap but one at any position any given week so it was the same thing, but its been a little more concentrated work on guard, Gardner said. OVERALL ANALYSIS The cliche you are only as good as your last game doesnt apply to the Eagles this week for three reasons: They have been tough to beat at home over a long stretch, McCoy is determined to shut everyone up and the defense is eager to get a horrible taste out of its mouth. Im sure I speak for everyone in here, Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews said Tuesday, when I say that Sunday cant come fast enough. The same goes for the fans. Sports Network predicted outcome: Eagles 34, Titans 14 ' ' '
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