Eddie Lacy and the Offensive Shift
Note: this article was written before this week's game, but due to travel to Minnesota on Saturday and the subsequent exhaustion traveling back after the game, I haven't had time to get anything posted about this week's game. I think the content still fits. We'll have more on Sunday's destruction later today and tomorrow, as well as the weekly uniform stuff. Thanks for understanding!
Through the first six games of the 2013 season, it’s fair to say Eddie Lacy has been at least as good as advertised, and he’s probably exceeded expectations.
Despite only carrying once against the Bengals and missing the entire next game, Lacy has ground out 352 yards on 83 carries, and most of those yards have come in the last three weeks. Lacy’s been so effective, he’s actually leading the league in rushing over the last three games, totalling 301 yards, 29 yards ahead of Jamaal Charles in second place.
Lacy’s carries have also come at a higher volume than any Packers running back in more than a decade. The rookie has carried the ball at least 22 times in each of the last three games, something no other Packers back has done since Ahman Green did it in the fifth, sixth, and seventh games of the 2002 season.