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Seahawks snap counts in win at Washington: Marcus Burley continues surprising importance on defense

The NFL's official Seahawks snap counts from last night's game shows Marshawn Lynch ended up playing 44 of Seattle's final 60 plays, after missing the first seven trying to get his tight back loosened on the sideline by riding a stationary bike. Robert Turbin ran the six of the first seven snaps as the tailback, with Percy Harvin moving from wide receiver on one snap during Seattle's opening drive. Once Lynch entered, Turbin got just eight snaps over the Seahawks' final 60 plays. So obviously Lynch's back loosened after the tight beginning.

Max Unger left with an apparently minor foot injury, missing only the final three plays of Seattle's drive to a touchdown that made it 24-10 in the fourth quarter. Stephen Schilling from Bellevue made his Seahawks center debut for those three plays; the position the former San Diego Charger began playing for Seattle in mid-August. Unger returned for Seattle's final drive.

With starter Zach Miller out a few weeks following ankle surgery, fill-in Luke Willson played a career-high 63 snaps. Elevated No. 3 tight end Cooper Helfet had 17 snaps last night, many of those in two-tight ends sets with Willson.

On defense, Marcus Burley continued to play a far larger role than Seattle expected when it traded a sixth-round draft choice to Indianapolis for him on Aug. 30 -- and continued to show how the trade has been a coup by coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. Burley played in two-thirds of the Seahawks' snaps as the nickel back inside, as they were again in five-defensive back sets for a majority of a game against a team employing three and four wide receivers for a preponderance of the time.

Michael Bennett keeps proving he's an almost-every down defensive lineman, able to play outside at end on running downs and inside at times as a pass rusher. Bennett played 48 of Seattle's 55 defensive snaps.

OFFENSE out of 67 snaps     SPECIAL TEAMS out of 33 snaps

G Sweezy             67                                                   9T Okung              67                                                    6G Carpenter        67                                                   6T Britt                  67                                                    6QB Wilson           67C Unger               64                                                    3

TE Willson          63                                                   10

WR Baldwin        61                                                   4

WR Kearse          60                                                   9

RB Lynch             44WR Harvin          39                                                   4TE Helfet              17                                                  10FB Coleman         14                                                  24RB Turbin            14                                                   8WR Lockette        11                                                  10WR Richardson   10

C Schilling             3                                                    9WR Walters           1                                                   10TE Gilliam             1                                                    2

DEFENSE out of 55 snaps

SS Chancellor      55                                                  10LB Wright             55                                                   8CB Sherman         55                                                   7CB Maxwell          55                                                   7FS Thomas            55                                                  6LB Wagner            55                                                  4DE Bennett           48                                                  3DE Avril                 41                                                  3CB Burley              37                                                  9LB Irvin                 35DT Hill                   25DT Williams         20                                                  3DT Mebane           20

DE Schofield         20

DT McDaniel         18                                                  3DE Marsh               11LB Smith                                                                      27LB Morgan                                                                   27SS Johnson                                                                  26FS Shead                                                                      23LB Coyle                                                                       20K Hauschka                                                                 12P Ryan                                                                          12 

LS Gresham                                                                 12CB Thomas                                                                  11