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Tuesday Round-Up: Chris Carson And Carlos Hyde Ranked Among Top Running Back Duos

Even as the Seahawks have started to throw the ball more, their top two running back rushers are gaining national recognition.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Tuesday, Oct. 6 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

Chris Carson And Carlos Hyde Recognized As Elite RB Tandem

The running game has always been important in Seattle. From the early days of Chris Warren to Shaun Alexander's MVP season and Marshawn Lynch's dominance, the Seahawks know a thing or two about great running backs.

This season, Russell Wilson has led the way through the air, as the team has 137 passing attempts to 102 rushing attempts. Still, the running back pair of Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde remains one of the league's top duos.

In an insider story for ESPN, writer Mike Clay ranked his top 10 running back tandems, and Carson and Hyde came in at No. 8. Here's what Clay said about the Seahawks' backfield:

"Since the start of the 2018 season, Carson has fewer carries (578) than only Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry and Joe Mixon. He has fewer rushing yards than only those three, Nick Chubb and Christian McCaffrey. Carson has done a lot of the damage on his own, ranking in the top six among backs in yards after contact in 2018, 2019 and so far in 2020. Earlier in his career, the 2017 seventh-round pick had minimal impact in the passing game, but that changed last season when he caught 37 passes. He has stepped up his game even more in 2020 with 15 catches (fourth most among backs) in four games.

"Hyde, meanwhile, enjoyed an impressive resurgence last season, ranking 12th in the league in rushing yards as Houston's feature back. The 29-year-old has racked up 19 touches in three games working alongside Carson in Seattle this season."

Clay also pointed out that Carson and Hyde are gaining a first down or scoring a touchdown on more than 30 percent of their combined touches this season.

Combined with Wilson in the passing game, Carson and Hyde have created a lethal change of pace in the Seattle offense. So far this season, Carson has 237 rushing yards and is right at his career average of 4.5 yards per carry. Hyde, a former rival with the 49ers, broke his career high for rushing yards last season. He hasn't had a breakout game yet in 2020, but he's certainly a weapon that defenses must account for.

Yesterday, Pete Carroll spoke about how important the running game would be as the weather gets colder and defenses get tougher.

"Even though we're not running the ball as much as we have in the past, we're still running the ball effectively, and (Carson's) making the whole thing fit (on offense)," Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle. "We'll need that running game here going down the road."

Expect more from this duo as the Seahawks' season continues.

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