Last week, Eddie Lacy ran through sizeable holes, he was easily reaching the second level, dragging linebackers and defensive backs for yards after contact.
This week, Lacy and the rest of the Packers running backs were nothing short of stymied by the Seattle Seahawks‘ stout defense.
Should we be alarmed that Lacy’s run totals went like this: 3, 2, 1, 0, 0, -3, -2, -6?
Or how about fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin’s totals? His went like this: 3, -7, 3 and 2 yards.
And before he went to the sidelines for the night after reinjuring his knee, DuJuan Harris carried three times for two yards.
In all, the Packers run game was pretty pathetic.
But consider that the majority of these runs came with Graham Harrell as the quarterback and they were against the Seahawks’ first team defense. Clearly, they had their ears pinned back and were coming after the Packers run game because they knew that Harrell, who was cut by the team today, was not going to beat them with his arm.
Take away Alex Green’s 31-yard fourth quarter scamper and the Packers run game was nonexistent.
Ironically, despite being gashed by Seahawks big plays on offense, having a touchdown reversed, and a nonexistent run game (minus Vince Young) and the Packers still had a chance to win the game.
So, the question remains: Should we be worried about the Packers running game?
Put Aaron Rodgers into the game, get the first team offensive line to start gelling and put Eddie Lacy or DuJuan Harris in the backfield and we are going to see some action. Give it some time, keep the players healthy and stay with the run game and there will be production this season.
Is it looking pretty bad right now? Yeah, that was not a good looking effort last night. But give it some time and I think this offense is going to be, once again, one of the best in the league.