In seasons past, The Green Bay Packers (3-2) would try to pass their way to the end of a ball game. This season, they truly seem to be committed to the run, just as head coach Mike McCarthy said all throughout the off season.
Drafting rookie running back Eddie Lacy in the second round, the Packers have gotten even more than they thought they were getting.
Certainly with Lacy gaining 219 yards on 46 carries (4.7 ave) the last two games, will now force defensive coaches around the league to start accounting for him. The problem is, and all of the NFL knows this, is they know Green Bay still wants to pass the doggone ball! When the Ravens finally did creep up on a play action to Lacy, the Baltimore defense hesitated ever so slightly, and the next thing you know, Jordy Nelson is 64 yards down the field scoring a touchdown
Then, with the Packers leading with under 12 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Green Bay chewed up 7:35 off the clock, culminating in the game-deciding field goal as the Packers went on to win 19-17.
On that drive, Lacy ran for 31 yards on six carries, keeping the chains moving and forcing the Ravens to use their three timeouts. Then on the next drive as to put icing on the cake, Lacy realized if he got a first down on the last real play of the game, if he would just slide down, the game would be over with 1:26 to go and Ravens with no timeouts. He did just that. Using his head over his instincts.
The Packers took a knee a couple of times – game over. Had Lacy tried to get more yards than he needed to win the game, he would have risked fumbling and giving the Ravens a chance to win. Sliding after making his first down that secured the win was a veteran move from someone so young.
For the game, Lacy ran for 120 yards on 23 carries (5.2 ave). Now once Coach Mike gets over not giving the ball more to Lacy on third downs, the better I will feel. As a team, the Packers rushed for 144 yards on 30 carries (4.8 ave).
However, it seems that Lacy is not being overworked, or underutilized. The 23 carries each of the last two games seems like a nice number he can run with.