Hero or Zero?
A look at a player who can influence Saturday’s playoff game between the Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints:
DEFENSE: EARL THOMAS >>
Thomas is in the running for defensive player of the year, but any free safety as aggressive as Thomas always plays on the edge. He has been spectacular most of the season, finishing second on the team in tackles (105) and interceptions (five). He rarely gets out of position because of overpursuit, but it can cost the Seahawks a big play. He needs to stay disciplined and engaged, even as teams try to stay away from him.