Bears interior defensive linemen could be the key to stopping Marshawn Lynch.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has rushed for 1,051 yards in 11 games this season. He's averaging 4.5 yards per carry. But his performance in last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins could give the Chicago Bears a clue in how to stop him today, according to Jim Miller of Comcast Sports Net Chicago.
The Dolphins held Lynch to just 46 yards rushing — just the second time this season he hasn't rushed for 80 or more yards in a game — and 2.4 yards per carry. Miller talked to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who noted that the Dolphins controlled Lynch by controlling Seattle's interior offensive line.
"They beat us inside a little bit for really the first time that happened to us in a game," Carroll told Miller. "They got off on us really well in a number of ways and pressured us a little bit. The Dolphins knocked some runs around which were uncharacteristic in that Marshawn had to take a couple losses. He did not get a chance to get going very much."
Chicago's defensive line has helped anchor a dominant defense this season, so if the Bears can repeat what the Dolphins did, they have a good chance at containing Lynch.