How he beats you: The fifth-year pro is a slasher who can run between the tackles, hits the hole with good explosiveness and also boasts breakaway speed. He leads the Seahawks with 156 carries for 595 yards and six touchdowns. His touchdown tally ranks seventh in the league. “He’s a great running back. Good runner,” Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry said. “You’ve got to gang-tackle. It’s going to be a big challenge for us, stopping the run.”
How to stop him: As Landry said, rallying to the ball ranks among one of the top keys to stopping Lynch. The Redskins must remaining disciplined in those rush lanes, and wrap up. Lynch isn’t at his best on the edges, so if the Redskins can clog the middle, their chances of holding the Cal product in check increase.
Bottom Line: Lynch is talented, but he’s not as dominant as some of the other backs the Redskins have faced this season. The Seahawks rank 27th in the league, averaging 95.1 rushing yards per game. Bottling up Lynch will increase the pressure on quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who has thrown for seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Seahawks are coming off of back-to-back victories, but they — like the Redskins — have struggled to score, averaging 16.8 points per game (only slightly better than Washington’s 16.0 ppg).