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SEAHAWKS RUN OFFENSE VS RAVENS RUN DEFENSE
Harbaugh and Ravens defenders have lauded Marshawn Lynch, and he is, indeed, a dangerous back, as evidenced by his performance against the Dallas Cowboys last week. Lynch (second from left) rushed 23 times for 135 yards and a touchdown. But consistency has been a major problem for Lynch, who has rushed for 40 yards or less in four of his seven games. A week before the Dallas game, Lynch had only 24 yards on 16 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals. Overall, Seattle is averaging just 88.3 rushing yards per game, third-worst in the NFL. That number doesn't figure to improve much against the Ravens' stout rushing defense. The Ravens are allowing just 86.8 yards per game on the ground, third-best in the NFL. The Ravens have permitted just one opposing running back — the Jacksonville Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew &*mdash; to gain 100 yards, and they've given up just three rushing touchdowns all year. Two of them have come the past two weeks. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis leads the Ravens with 60 tackles.
November 6, 2011