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Cowboys Extra: Spotlight on Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch

Height: 5-11  Weight: 215

Season: 8th  College: California

Strengths: Lynch was the 12th overall pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2007 and has lived up to his draft position with four Pro Bowl appearances. He is a tough runner who isn’t easily tackled. He will fight for every yard, showing power and determination on every carry. Lynch went into “Beast Mode,” his nickname, in a 2010 playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, refusing to go down on a 67-yard touchdown run. He will wear down a defense with his relentless, powerful running style. Lynch is a three-down player — a tough blocker and a solid receiver. He has 215 career catches for 1,658 yards and eight touchdowns.

Weaknesses: Lynch has some elusiveness, but it isn’t his strength. He would rather run over defenders. His physical style of running has added a lot of wear and tear to his body, though he has missed only six games in his five seasons with the Seahawks. He does not have elite speed, and his longest run this season is only 21 yards. Lynch, 28, sometimes gets careless with the football, having had 23 fumbles with 12 lost in his career.

Last game: He had 17 carries for 72 yards and caught five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 27-17 victory over the Washington Redskins.

Who has to stop him? The Cowboys allowed Houston running back Arian Foster to rush for 157 yards on 23 carries, the first 100-yard rusher they have allowed this season. Most of Foster’s damage came with middle linebacker Rolando McClain on the sideline. McClain left the game after aggravating his groin injury. The Cowboys likely will be without Sam linebacker Bruce Carter, who expects to miss his second consecutive game with a quadriceps strain, and they could be without McClain. That would hurt their run defense, which ranks 20th in the league.

Notable: Since the Seahawks acquired Lynch in a trade with the Bills on Oct. 5, 2010, Lynch has 1,135 carries for 4,930 yards and 44 touchdowns. … Lynch leads the NFL with 20 100-yard games since 2011. … He has rushed for 100 yards in 20 of his past 45 games. … He is the only running back in the NFL to rush for more than 1,000 yards and score 10 rushing touchdowns in each of the past three seasons. … Lynch has 4,094 rushing yards since the Seahawks committed to the run during a Week 9 game against the Cowboys in 2011. It is the most rushing yards in the league in that span.

— Charean Williams

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