There won’t be any Beast Mode in week five. Per reports, the Seattle Seahawks have already ruled out lead rusher Marshawn Lynch, making him inactive for the second week in a row. Lynch was banged up after the first two weeks and then was limited in week three due to calf and back tightness. He hasn’t played since.
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is OUT for Week 5 vs. the Bengals.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 9, 2015
The move allows Seattle to prepare to play without their top running back, while Thomas Rawls is likely to draw the start. Rawls was extremely physical and impressive in week three against the Bears en route to 100+ yards rushing, but didn’t look nearly as good last week against a desperate Lions team. He’ll look to turn it back around in week five, when the ‘Hawks take it to the road to try to hand the Bengals their first loss of 2015. Backup running back Fred Jackson is also likely out this week, leaving Seattle extremely short-handed in the backfield.
Rawls is the obvious benefactor here, as he’ll draw the start and should see plenty of touches and some goal-line work. He was a total dud in week four, however, and it’s entirely possible he comes up short for the second week in a row against a Bengals front seven that has been pretty decent. Cincy’s vulnerability actually comes through the air, which could have Russell Wilson being the guy that benefits the most in the end. Wilson will naturally be leaned on a bit more in the passing game, but with Lynch out, he also could see more designed runs and could even find himself a touchdown with his legs.