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Chris Carson once again feasts against a division opponent

Los Angeles Rams v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

As the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday in Week 4, Chris Carson powered his way to another one hundred yard performance. His 27 carries and 118 yards gave him a five day total of 49 carries for 222 yards against the Arizona Cardinals and Rams the past two games, and now he’ll have nine days off before the trip east to take on the Cleveland Browns.

However, by reaching the 100 yard mark against the Rams, Carson hit the century mark for the eighth time in his career, with five of those eight games coming against NFC West division opponents. Here is a look at his performance in every division game he has played.

  • Week 2 2017 against the San Francisco 49ers: 20 carries, 93 yards*
  • Week 5 2018 against the Los Angeles Rams: 19 carries, 116 yards
  • Week 13 2018 against the San Francisco 49ers: 13 carries, 69 yards**
  • Week 15 2018 against the San Francisco 49ers: 22 carries, 119 yards
  • Week 17 2018 against the Arizona Cardinals: 19 carries, 122 yards
  • Week 4 2019 against the Arizona Cardinals: 22 carries, 104 yards
  • Week 5 2019 against the Los Angeles Rams: 27 carries, 118 yards

*holding penalty on Luke Willson negated a seven yard run by Carson
** sat most of the second half of a 43-16 destruction of the Niners

In short, while we all know that Pete Carroll prefers a physical style of football, it appears as though Carroll may have a special preference for dishing out punishment with the ground game against division opponents. It’s certainly interesting that while Carson has reached 100 yards rushing eight times in his career, more than 60% of those games are against division foes, while only seven of 23 career games played by Carson have been against division opponents.

I guess we’ll have to wait and watch how things play out over the next month, as the Hawks will play the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the next division game in Week 10.