Seahawks & Vikings Struggle In Run Game


Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The game between the Vikings and Seahawks on Sunday was supposed to feature two of the best running games in the NFL going head to head.  Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch are two of the most exciting players in the NFL, yet during their contest, they combined for only 119 yards in the game.

Here are the rushing stats for all players involved in the game:

Seattle Seahawks

  • Marshawn Lynch: 17 rushes for 54 yards and 2 TDs (3.2 yards per carry)
  • Robert Turbin: 7 carries for 17 yards (2.4 yards per carry)
  • Russell Wilson: 2 carries for 14 yards (7 yards per carry)
  • Christine Michael: 1 rush for 9 yards (9 yards per carry)
  • Tarvaris Jackson: 1 carry for -1 yard (-1 yards per carry)

Minnesota Vikings

  • Toby Gerhart: 7 rushes for 67 yards (9.6 yards per carry)
  • Adrian Peterson: 21 carries for 65 yards (3.1 yards per carry)
  • Christian Ponder: 5 rushes for 0 yards (0 yards per carry)

Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Even the total rushing yards for each team isn’t very impressive.  Most of these yards came during garbage time for Toby Gerhart and Robert Turbin.  Despite that, on paper the totals for the two teams are much better than those of the two star running backs in the game’s marquee.

Here are the team’s total rushing numbers:

Seattle Seahawks: 93 total rushing yards

Minnesota Vikings: 132 total rushing yards

Things won’t get much different when the Vikings travel to Green Bay next week to take on the #6 rushing team in the NFL with an average of 143.1 rushing yards per game.  Hopefully, the Vikings will make less mistakes in that game and it will be more competitive than the Seahawks game was.