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Hero or Zero?

A look at a player who can influence Saturday’s playoff game between the Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints:

Offense: Marshawn Lynch

Forever associated with his “Beast Quake” touchdown against the defending Super Bowl champion Saints in the playoffs after the 2010 season, Lynch finished 2013 with solid rushing numbers (1,257 yards, averaging 4.18 per carry). But after achieving a season-high 145 yards at Atlanta on Nov. 10, Lynch went six games without running for 100 – numbers that reflect the generally lackluster Seahawks offense during the second half of the season. Lynch has a flair for the spotlight, though, and don’t discount his snubbing by All-Pro voters (he wasn’t included among the top four backs) as an ulterior source of motivation. An underrated component of Lynch’s arsenal is the threat he poses as a secondary-option receiver for quarterback Russell Wilson. Given some space on the flanks, Lynch can be steamroller.