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Seahawks will take renewed running game into a bad matchup

The Seattle Seahawks now begin their four-week stretch against teams that they should beat. However, the Los Angeles Rams fell to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and this year continues to prove anything can happen.

Furthermore, all of the backs on this team have struggled tremendously against the Philadelphia Eagles. Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, and Carlos Hyde would be the most likely one-two-three order for the Seahawks’ running back room. Unfortunately, Penny, whose greatest breakout came against the Eagles last season, is still trying to get on the practice field.

Carson, who’s only faced Philadelphia one time, gained 26 yards on eight carries, with one fumble. That came last season when Seattle barely squeaked out a 17-9 victory.

Hyde, meanwhile, is more familiar with the Eagles from his previous teams. Not like it’s helped however:

  • Game 1, 2014: ten carries for 26 yards
  • Game 2, 2017: twelve carries for 25 yards
  • Game 3, 2018: six carries for 11 yards

Neither Penny nor Carson played in last season’s playoff game against Philadelphia, and Hyde obviously was not with the team. Russell Wilson ended up the team’s leading rusher as Travis Homer and Marshawn Lynch combined to gain 19 yards on 17 carries.

The Seahawks boasted a powerful and balanced attack against the Arizona Cardinals last week, and Pete Carroll dropped more coachspeak about balance and other things that smelled of run-first. It will be interesting if Carroll indeed thinks his team has “returned” to the run game of old, and if they force the issue against a team that historically has had their number.

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