Can Seattle Seahawks Survive on Defense, Marshawn Lynch Alone?

Alex Field@@afield7Correspondent IIOctober 17, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 07:  Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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If the first six games of the season are any indication, then the Seattle Seahawks will be fine during the remainder of the season.

With a rookie quarterback under center and a lackluster receiving corps, the Seahawks have found solace in Marshawn Lynch and a stifling defense. With players like Earl Thomas and Brandon Browner, the Hawks boast a young, hard hitting defense that overwhelms the opposition.

As long as both of those aspects stay intact, the Seahawks will be fine moving forward. 

Seattle averages 131 rushing yards per game, which ranks them seventh. As for their stud rusher, Marshawn Lynch, beast mode is third in the NFL with 549 yards on the ground so far. 

While Lynch may not be a home run hitter, he does just about everything else. It is nearly impossible to bring him to the ground in the backfield and he finds a way to gain yards on almost every carry. By doing so, Lynch constantly moves the ball, regardless of the passing game's success. 

With a young quarterback under center, Lynch may truly be a sophisticated security blanket. He is a back that can get a bunch of carries and dominate the game. Lynch is a grinder that wears down defenses over a course of the game. With Seattle's smothering defense, Lynch is usually counted on to wind down the clock at the end of games. 

Lynch excels in this role for the Hawks. With Russell Wilson taking snaps for the Seahawks, Lynch is detrimental for his growth as a quarterback. He is able to take pressure off Russell to feel responsible for moving the ball downfield. Rather than pushing the ball through the air, Wilson is able to hand the ball off in hopes of gaining yards each time. 

Perhaps the most rewarding portion of the team however is along the defensive side of the ball. 

The Seahawks have impact players at nearly every position on defense. 

Seattle has the second ranked defense in the NFL, surrendering only 15.5 points per game. Considering who they have played so far, that is an eye-popping statistics. 

This defense is for real. 

They restricted the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys to only one touchdown. The New England Patriots got two, but Tom Brady also had two interceptions during that game. 

The Seahawks secondary is too big and too physical for other teams to move the ball through the air on them. However, if you think the rushing game would be any easier, you can think again. 

The Hawks give up the second least rushing yards per game in the league with only 70 yards per contest. With a dynamic defensive line, it is increasingly difficult to move the ball on the ground against Seattle. 

The defense is young and talented, and in order to win the Seahawks will need to rely on them moving forward. The redeeming situation amongst the defense is how many turnovers they force. Through six games, the Seahawks have come up with five interceptions and nine forced fumbles. 

Seattle can definitely rely on their defense moving forward, much like the Ravens and Steelers have done in previous years. 

As long as the offense can protect the ball and Seattle can win the field position battle, then the Hawks will be fine moving forward. The defense is simply that good. 

It is hard to score against the Seahawks, since they are so talented in the secondary yet so stingy against the run. They are simply too big and too fast for other teams to move the ball downfield. 

When the offense does turn the ball over however, is when the game is out of the defense's hands. They can't be forced to be on the field for a majority of the game if Seattle wants to rely on them. 

Russell Wilson must avoid turnovers, which plays more towards the reliance on Marshawn Lynch. He must be the catalyst, because he can move the ball while avoiding turnovers. He has only fumbled once, whereas Wilson has six interceptions and one fumble. 

A heavy dose of Lynch and an emerging young defense spells good things for Seattle. As soon as they get away from that game plan will mean bad things for the Seahawks.