Sunday afternoon in Cleveland the Seattle Seahawks fell behind by two scores early, but battled back, and through four turnovers and a blocked punt managed to come from behind to win the game. One might thing that in the process of coming from behind to win the Hawks might have abandoned their ground game in favor of riding on the shoulder of Russell Wilson to victory. However, that was not the case, as the Hawks did not panic, as they fed the ball to Chris Carson two dozen times for 124 yards and a touchdown on the day.
That statline gives Carson a three game total of 73 carries for 346 yards and a touchdown, and pushes him over 500 yards rushing for the season with ten games to go. In the process of putting together that impressive rushing total so far this season he has run around, over and through would be tacklers, to the point where his yards after contact stats are a little bit ridiculous. And by a little bit ridiculous, I actually mean really ridiculous.
Carson has 3 games this season where he gained 100+ rushing yards after contact (each of the last 3 weeks)— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 13, 2019
All other RBs have combined for 3 such games so far this season (Dalvin Cook Week 2 at GB, Leonard Fournette Week 4 at DEN & Chubb Week 6 vs SEA)
Yes, Carson ran for 124 yards in the game, with 129 of those yards coming after contact. One need not be a rocket surgeon to be able to do the math to compute that Carson averaged -0.21 yards before contact running behind the reconfigured Seattle offensive line.
It’s no secret that he is one of the best in the NFL at breaking tackles and fighting for every yard on running plays, but negative yards before contact is not a recipe for a successful running game going forward. Obviously, the line will continue to develop as George Fant and Jamarco Jones earn more playing time, and hopefully the yards before contact numbers improve going forward.