After a 44-game streak of games in which the Green Bay Packers did not have a running back that rushed for 100 yards or more, it seemed things were turning around after James Starks broke the streak against the Washington Redskins this year.
With a renewed running game that features rookie backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, it looked like the Packers were ready to set a new streak for games that featured a 100-yard rusher.
Unfortunately, in a hard-fought battle against the Detroit Lions, the Packers once again did not have a 100-yard rusher.
This article is, of course, poking fun at statistics. Eddie Lacy, as if to say, “I don’t care about statistics,” decided to only run for 99 yards on 23 carries, giving him a 4.3 yard per carry average. Lacy didn’t have any real break-out runs, but he ran hard and fought for extra yardage on every play.
Other than a few missed blocks, the Packers’ run blocking seemed to be opening up some decent holes at the line of scrimmage. The Lions did a good job of tackling at the point of contact, as Lacy discovered. He was not able to break many tackles as the Lions were doing a good job of wrapping him up and waiting for help from teammates to finish the tackle.
Am I worried that Lacy did not surpass 100 yards rushing?
Not at all.
Coming back from a concussion and playing a stout defense, he ran hard and showed good vision. Against a team that misses more tackles, Lacy could have rushed for 200 yards.
Randall Cobb also helped the rushing game with 2 carries for 72 yards, but Johnathan Franklin did not contribute much as he fumbled on one of his few touches. Luckily, Aaron Rodgers was there to recover the fumble this week.
Overall, a solid outing for the Packers on the ground – something that’s going to help them down the road.