It has been a while … but the Green Bay Packers appear to have a running game.
Not since the salad days of Ahman Green and Ryan Grant have fans been able to talk about a viable running threat, but now the team may now have three. Rookies Eddie Lacy (446 yards, 3 touchdowns, 4 yards/carry), Johnathan Franklin (110 yards, 1 touchdown, 5.6 yards/carry), and veteran James Starks (244 yards, 2 touchdowns, 6.0 yards/carry) have propelled the team’s running attack to third in the NFL in total rushing yards per game with 166 yards.
It helps that WR Jarrett Boykin has stepped up and the defense is starting to play with aggression and intelligence, but the running game is the one tool in the Packers’ box that can put teams away after they get a lead.
This is a team that is looking far different from the first three games of the season and once some of the regulars return, I dare say that both San Francisco, New Orleans, and Seattle will have to watch carefully and hope that they do not have to face Green Bay … anywhere!
The Bears were not quite in the Packers’ league before the teams suffered injuries. I see the Packers weathering the storm better than the Bears. Monday’s game looks like 31-17 Green Bay to me.