Rookie running back Eddie “The Big Bang Theory” Lacy of the Green Bay Packers had a career ‘shock’ in last week’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Carrying fives time in the first half, Lacy had a combined 4 yards rushing. His fumble at their own 14 yard line, gave San Francisco a short field and seven points in a close ball game.
However, he did catch a short pass just beyond the line of scrimmage in the middle of the field, ran up the sideline for a nice 31-yard pass reception.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy sat the young rookie for the remainder of the first half as a result of the fumble. Afterward, the 5-11, 230-pound Lacy would go on to say every time he was going to hit a hole, someone was there, so he would try another hole, and someone was already there, too. He said the speed of the game surprised him compared to the preseason.
Well Eddie, this isn’t college anymore.
In the second half, things started to turn. On the touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, Lacy carried five times for 26 yards, culminating in a touchdown. Leaping over both the offensive and defensive lines on his way to crossing the goal line Lacy showed explosiveness not seen on running backs his size.
Overall, in the second half Lacy had nine carries for 37 yards and scored the touchdown with 8:26 remaining in the game. That TD gave the Packers the lead. Eventually Green Bay was unable to hold onto that lead.
This week against the Washington Redskins, Lacy might have it figured out, and though they will be facing another good defense, Lacy should flourish after learning from last week’s experience. He also has shown he is able to pass block, and according to his coaches, he is getting better in that area of the game. He played 42 snaps last week.
If the Packers can continue their physical play on defense, and run the ball consistently and with authority, we may finally have a real “Big Bang Theory” developing right before our eyes.
Duck, he’s coming at you!