Christine Michael rushed for 70 yards on 21 carries and added a 14-yard catch in Sunday's victory over the Vikings.
During the first three-quarters of the game, when not much was working for Seattle, Michael and Russell Wilson found some success by attacking the edge's of Minnesota's defense with zone-read looks. In his four games, including the playoffs, with Seattle this season, Michael has tallied at least 84 total yards three times. The biggest factor dictating his value against Carolina's fourth-ranked run defense next week will be Marshawn Lynch's availability. Lynch was set to start if he was healthy this week, but will Seattle ride the hot hand with Michael even if Beast Mode is ready to go?
Christine Michael ran for a career-high 102 yards on 17 carries and failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 36-6 win at Arizona.
After a nice 84-yard performance in Week 14 against Cleveland, Michael had struggled the last two weeks against better defensive units. That mini trend was surprisingly broken Sunday, however, as Michael put up a career-best outing against a strong Cardinals' defense. He ripped off an impressive 45-yard run in the first quarter, and had a shot at a short TD later during that drive, but was stuffed at the goal line. Bryce Brown ended up scoring on the possession, but he was completely shut down in general, finishing with 10 carries for just 20 yards. Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is close to a return, so both Michael and Brown will likely head back to a reserve role for the playoffs, although it's really been the Russell Wilson show over the last two months anyway.
Christine Michael had six carries for just six yards and caught both of his targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Rams.
In a tougher matchup than last week against the Browns, Michael struggled to get much going, although the Seattle Seahawks could not commit to the run as they trailed throughout. Meanwhile, Bryce Brown was also ineffective Sunday, rushing for just nine yards on seven carries. Assuming Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is not available next week in the regular season finale at Arizona, expect Michael to see meaningful work.
Michael, who re-signed with the Seattle on Wednesday after failed stops in Dallas and Washington, had seven more carries and 41 more rushing yards than Bryce Brown. Michael was also used late in the game, while the team was trying to run the clock out. Veteran Fred Jackson did not receive a single carry, although he did catch two of three targets for 17 yards. Until Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) returns, it appears as though Michael will lead the backfield in touches, although Brown should still be in the mix. In any case, next week Michael and the
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he will ride the hot hand between Christine Michael , Derrick Coleman and Bryce Brown in Sunday's game against the Browns, the Seahawks' official website reports.
This does open up the possibility that one back could run away with most of the workload, but it doesn't provide any suggestion as to which player that might be. In any case, there's some obvious upside against the helpless Cleveland defense, but with Fred Jackson locked in as the passing-down specialist, the other three guys are merely forming an early-down committee. Head coach Pete Carroll has not named a starter.
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