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Lynch’s Role As Best Player On Seahawks Offense No Surprise

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Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell says running back Marshawn Lynch having team highs of five catches and 76 yards last weekend in the win over Oakland was not an accident.

With Percy Harvin long gone and quarterback Russell Wilson running less and getting hit more in recent weeks, the OC wants to get the ball to the Seahawks’ four-time Pro Bowl plow horse in every way possible, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma Tribune reports.

Lynch has been catching more screens and swing passes in recent games, a product of how fleeting or nonexistent Wilson’s pass protection has been.

“Well, we want to use our good players. And he’s definitely, probably, the best player on our offense,” Bevell said after a practice this week before Seattle (5-3) hosts the Giants (3-5) on Sunday. “And we want to get him the ball as many ways as we can.”

This sure doesn’t sound the Seahawks are tired of Lynch’s “act,” as a national report stated last month. If the Seahawks can’t wait to get rid of Lynch following this season, as that ESPN report on Oct. 26 the morning of Seattle’s game at Carolina asserted, Seattle’s OC sounds as if he’s going to take a showcasing route to get there.

“Anytime we can get the ball to Marshawn we want to,” Bevell said. “Just opportunities to get the ball in his hands, because we know he is going to make people miss, the opportunity for a second-level runs (against overmatched linebackers and defensive backs). He’s going to run people over. Then the yards are going to come and we can keep the (first-down) sticks moving.”

With Lynch the biggest key to the Seattle offense, the Hawks hold firm with 8-1 odds to win Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona according to The Standard.

Even two games back of Arizona in the NFC West, the odds for Seattle to return to the title game and win it trail only the Denver Broncos (7-2) and New England Patriots (6-1) and just ahead of the Green Bay Packers (9-1), Cardinals (10-1) and Indianapolis Colts (10-1).

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