It was cute that running back Travis Homer played pretty well against the 49ers in week 17. But the playoffs are a different beast than the regular season and Beast Mode was signed for a reason. Marshawn Lynch knows how to help the Seahawks win important postseason games and the playoffs are why Seattle re-signed him.
Homer will still be an important factor as Seattle won’t go solely with Lynch running the ball and Homer has the ability to catch as well. But Lynch will be Seattle’s main back in the postseason. He got one game to be ready for the postseason and now he will need to run the ball 15 to 20 times a game.
Sure, the other team will be keying on him and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer cannot be obvious in his use of Lynch. If Lynch comes into the game, the next play shouldn’t always be a Seattle run up the middle, for instance.
But for the Seahawks to defeat the Eagles and any team beyond this week, Lynch will need to be at his best. In 11 postseason games with the Seahawks, Lynch has 193 carries and 937 yards and 9 rushing touchdowns. Like I said, he knows how to help Seattle win games and he will be counted on to do so this Sunday against the Eagles.