SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 22:  Running back Thomas Rawls #34 of the Seattle Seahawks is congratulated by fullback Will Tukuafu #46 after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on November 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 29-13.
 (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Will Tukuafu;Thomas Rawls

Riding the Rawls Royce: Seahawks’ Rookie RB fills in for Lynch and gashes 49ers in win for Seattle

When the list of inactives came out and Marshawn Lynch’s name appeared on the list, Seahawks fans and fantasy owners alike cringed at the thought of Lynch not suiting up against the 49ers. The offense was struggling with Lynch, and now the prospect of having to play without them and rely on the inconsistency of Russell Wilson and the passing game, had the makings of another tough afternoon at the Clink.  Fortunately, the hapless 49ers came to town and provided a nice rebound opponent for the Seahawks to get back on track. Yes, the two teams were only separated by a game in the loss column, but in all honesty they’re only that close on paper.

Thomas Rawls, the undrafted free agent rookie out of Central Michigan, ran wild.  Rawls ran f0r 209 yards, 2nd most in Seahawks history for a regular season game and the offense went out and played how it was built to play; run to set up the pass, leaving 3rd and manageable for the offense, and creating and converting red zone opportunities. That all added up to 29 points, only 3 punts and Russell Wilson being Russell Wilson. He was an  efficient 23 for 29 250 yds passing and 3 TDs, ran when needed, was 11 for 11 on throws against the blitz, and didn’t turn the ball over. Yes, this game was against the 49ers, who are not even a shell of the team from the Harbaugh era, but this offense didn’t play down to their level of ineptitude. The offensive line controlled the game from the outset, and with Rawls at the forefront took it to the 49ers defense and made it an enjoyable afternoon for the 12s at the Clink.

In terms of progress, this game has to be taken with a grain of salt because of the quality of opponent, yet it still was good to see. Now it’s about being consistent with it the rest of the season if this team hopes to be in the playoff conversation six weeks from now.  With news coming out that Marshawn might miss considerable time, possibly the season with a abdominal injury, it was encouraging to see the rookie backup come in and show that his game against Cincinnati wasn’t a fluke.

The next two games will be a true measuring stick for where this team is.  The Steelers at home and the Vikings on the road; win those two games and you have a great chance to make a push and be 10-5 before the week 17 clash against the Cardinals in Glendale. The talent is there, the potential is there, it just hasn’t come together yet for this team.

For the Seahawks, its all about consistency. They’ve shown flashes, they’ve put together spurts of good play, now its time to put it all together and go on another 2nd half run.

There’s still a chance for this team, its up to them to go out and take it. We’ll see if they are up to the task which starts on Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Happy thanksgiving 12s, let it be filled with endless amount of turkey, leftovers and most importantly another Seahawks win.

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