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Snap counts at Cincinnati: The debatable RB workload without Marshawn Lynch

Reviewing snap counts from the Seahawks’ overtime loss at Cincinnati on Sunday and one question immediately comes to mind:

Imagine how much more Thomas Rawls might have done had he been on the field for more than roughly half of Seattle’s offensive snaps.

The undrafted rookie bulled for 169 yards -- the Seahawks’ most yards rushing since 2007 when Shaun Alexander had 201 in a Monday-night snowstorm at CenturyLink Field against Green Bay. It was 16 more yards than the career high for Marshawn Lynch, the injured star for whom Rawls was starting on Sunday.

Yet Rawls had just 31 of the 60 snaps on offense. As we’ve already discussed in the last 12 hours, Seattle chose 34-year-old Fred Jackson for 22 snaps six days after he sustained a high-ankle sprain. Jackson ran twice for nothing on the first drive of overtime while Rawls was on the sideline with his helmet on ready to go. If the Seahawks have been able to drive for a touchdown there -- no small feat even had Rawls been in, given they had just 53 yards on 26 plays and six punts on their final six drives -- they would have won the game.

Jimmy Graham was targeted just once in the second half during the tight end’s 44 snaps. That was on the Russell Wilson pass Cincinnati deflected for an interception in the red zone in the third quarter.

On defense, Jordan Hill had just 13 snaps after getting straining a quadriceps muscle. Coach Pete Carroll said Monday on his weekly radio show on 710 AM in Seattle that Hill is going to be out “a little bit.” That likely means through Sunday’s home game against unbeaten Carolina.