Eddie Lacy has been rewarded for his latest effort – an honor that comes at just the right time.
As I mentioned heading into the Dallas Cowboys game, it is time for the Green Bay Packers to begin peaking if they are going to go on a strong playoff run.
Running Back Eddie Lacy and the Packers’ rushing game would be a key factor in making that climb.
Coach McCarthy took on play calling in week 14, and Lacy would be heavily involved. He ripped off big chunks of yards at a time as he went on to being voted FedEx Ground Player of the Week for Week 14.
Lacy put up 124 yards and a TD. James Starks also contributed, carrying the ball 11 times and putting up 71 yards on the ground.
Running the ball is a crucial part of the Packers’ offensive success. Their offense seems to flow off the run, setting up the short passing/screen pass game.
Off the run, the Packers offense carries several nuances. It set’s up their play action game, and sets up for Aaron Rodgers to buy time and find open wide receivers.
McCarthy seemed to have the right recipe Sunday when it came to calling plays. It was clear he wanted to get Lacy back on track. After his benching, Lacy admitted that he felt like that was his wake up call, stating, “It was pretty much like fresh start.”
The running back duo looks to follow up last week’s showing this weekend against the Oakland Raiders. It is important Green Bay stacks this success as they will be traveling to Arizona to take on the Cardinals next week.
The Packers will then return to Green Bay to take on the Vikings in a week 17 match-up.
It appears Eddie Lacy is back at just the right time.
The upcoming weeks will dictate where Green Bay stands in the NFC. If they are able to win out there is a good chance they could steal the #2 seed and a first round bye.
With a little help from either The Philadelphia Eagles this week or The Seattle Seahawks in week 17, the Packers might just be in business.
One thing is certain – Eddie Lacy provides his offense with the electricity and energy that his team seems to feed off.
While Starks has proven capable, I see Eddie Lacy as the true workhorse. In the winter months, Lacy can wear on a team, especially as it gets cold in December and into January.
When he is running his best he lays down some punishment on defenders. It can be fun to watch, breaking arm tackles, spinning out of traffic, creating space, he takes advantage of every inch he gets.
Having another back fresh on the shelf is always nice, and the change of pace that Starks provides strength going forward.
Lacy received this reward at the right time. Not that the reward means a whole lot, but it shows that the Packers offense may be close to being back on track.
McCarthy was able to call the plays and figure out the run game. Maybe the passing game will be the next aspect to break out again.
By Joe Olkives | lombardiave.com | December 19, 2015