Michael rushed 18 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns, and caught all three of his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 26-24 win over the Falcons.
Michael averaged just 3.6 yards per carry, but made owners happy by scoring two touchdowns for the second time in three games. The Seahawks have been committed to running the football in close, resulting in plenty of touchdowns for their featured back. That trend should continue with quarterback Russell Wilson's mobility still limited due to a sprained MCL.
Michael gained 58 yards on 18 carries and caught five of six targets for 32 yards and with a touchdown in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Jets.
With Thomas Rawls (ankle) inactive, Michael dominated the backfield touches, ceding only three carries to other runners and ranking second on the team in targets and receptions as well. Michael has averaged 89.5 total yards per game while reaching the end zone three times in the season's first four weeks, and he should carry a heavy load for as long as Rawls remains sidelined, despite the signing of C.J. Spiller earlier this week. Seattle will now enjoy a bye before hosting the Falcons in Week 6.
Michael started with Thomas Rawls (shin) inactive, and he took advantage right away, coming up with a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter. Michael likely would have seen more work in the fourth quarter, but the lopsided score allowed him to rest on the bench. He has probably earned a bigger share of the rushing pie, even when Rawls is healthier, but next week's matchup against the Jets' stout rush defense will represent a major test.
Although Rawls (lower leg) was trending toward inactive status, he'll officially yield the top spot in Seattle's running back group to Michael for one game. Michael's preseason prowess has extended into the regular season, as he's averaging a robust 5.0 YPC on his 25 rushes through two games.
Michael's teammate Thomas Rawls (lower leg) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against San Francisco.
With Rawls likely sidelined and C.J. Prosise (questionable-hand) potentially limited or unavailable, Michael is set for a heavy workload that could include the vast majority of snaps on obvious passing downs, in addition to dominance of the rushing attempts. Given the role and opponent, Michael is shaping up as a clear top-10 option at running back for Week 3.
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