That’s what the Seattle Seahawks did with Marshawn Lynch.
After Seattle’s feature back struggled against Carolina last week, offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable gave Lynch more opportunities against San Francisco.
The result was another dominant performance running the ball for the Seahawks.
Heading into Sunday’s contest, Lynch had run for over 100 yards in three of his last four games against San Francisco.
Lynch didn’t break the century mark Sunday, but finished with 98 yards on 28 carries, including touchdown runs of 14 yards and 2 yards, along with a 7-yard touchdown catch.
Offensive lineman Breno Giacomini said the Seahawks didn’t do anything differently offensively, they kept pounding the ball at San Francisco’s stout defensive front.
“We just stuck with it,” he said. “I feel like that’s what we did, and you guys saw what happened.”
Making Seattle’s effort even more impressive is the fact that the Seahawks got a lot of that work done on the ground without offensive tackle Russell Okung, who went out in the first half with a toe injury, and did not return.
Veteran Paul McQuistan moved out to replace Okung, and James Carpenter came in to play left guard.
“I think he did a good job,” Giacomini said. “I haven’t watched the film or anything like that. But I just talked to him a little bit, tried to explain some techniques or some calls.”
Even though the run game looked improved, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said it could have been better.
“I don’t feel like we ran nearly as good as we can,” Carroll said. “It was better. Russell had some good yards. We had some really nice yards out of the gun. Marshawn had his 98.
“We just looked better. But we’re going to do better than that. We’ll run the ball better than we did tonight.”
As the teams were battling it out on the field, the stands were rocking and rolling Sunday night at CenturyLink Field.
Seahawks fans set a Guinness World Record for crowd noise with a measurement of 136.6 decibels at one point in the third quarter.
The previous mark of 131.7 decibels was set two years ago at a soccer match in Turkey.
Shaun Alexander raised the 12th Man Flag before the start of the game. Cornerback Brandon Browner, safety Jeron Johnson, running back Christine Michael, defensive end Chris Clemons, defensive tackle Jordan Hill and offensive lineman Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey were inactive for Seattle. Browner missed his second straight game with a hamstring issue. Seattle’s fourth round draft choice in this year’s draft Chris Harper, now with San Francisco, also was on the inactive list. … Okung suffered a foot injury at the end of the first quarter, and was taken to the locker room for further examination. Okung returned to the sidelines, but did not return to the game. Paul McQuistan replaced Okung at left tackle. … San Francisco rookie safety Eric Reid suffered a concussion on a hard hit to Sidney Rice toward the end of the first half, and had to be helped off the field. San Francisco defensive tackle Ian Williams suffered a leg injury on a cut block by Seattle offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy in the opening quarter and did not return. … Bobby Wagner led Seattle with a combined seven tackles. … Seattle finished with 10 penalties for 84 yards, while San Francisco totaled 12 penalties for 121 yards.