Finding rhythm in Motown: Why Green Bay Packers beat Detroit
By Kenn Korb
Lacy gets on the right track
A consistent theme with the Packers for the past four years has been the inability of Eddie Lacy to find his footing early in the season.
While he has found some sort of rhythm during each of his first three years, he had never reached 100 yards in a game until the calendar flipped to October at least, and 2015 saw it take even longer than ever before.
His first 100-yard game came in Week 11, and he ended up with just three of them in a year where he only accumulated 758 yards on the ground.
Through two games, this year was starting about the same as the previous seasons: he put up just 111 yards on the ground, showing hesitancy and happy feet instead of just bulldozing through defenders like he does at his best.
This week, we finally got to see Good Lacy again.
He started well, providing a balance to the team as Rodgers was getting hot; Lacy provided 46 yards on the ground as the Packers tossed the ball around often to build up their 31-10 halftime lead.
As the offense took their foot off the gas and the defense started to show their holes in the second half, Lacy was able to provide the offense an outlet; the offense only scored a field goal in that half, but Lacy acted as the only consistent piece on that side of the ball, putting up another 57 rushing yards — including 30 on the FG drive, as well as key yardage on the final drive.
With the coaching staff following through on their desire to get Lacy more carries (of the 19 designed run plays, 17 went to him) and him showing that he is able to finally get going early in the year, this can only bode well for Green Bay in their journey to reclaiming their previous offensive form.