On Thursday night, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy treated the Minnesota Vikings defense the way that actual Vikings treated the halls of the monastery of St. Cuthbert. If you’re not familiar with the story, don’t worry; neither am I. But I can tell you this: They probably treated those halls like toilets.
Lacy had become a regular guest on the ‘Sell’ half of Buy/Sell posts over the past few weeks in fantasy football. The Packers offensive line has had their struggles, as well as their injuries, and Lacy had failed to eclipse 50 yards in any of his first four contests. At first, the lack of production was reasoned away by noting that the Packers had played three of the league’s best run defenses in Seattle, the Jets, and Detroit. But in Week 4, Green Bay went to Chicago and Lacy only ran for 48 yards. The little optimism that was left dissipated pretty quickly after that performance.
Here’s the thing, though. Eddie Lacy wasn’t exactly a vital part of the Packers’ game plan against the Bears. Aaron Rodgers was able to pick apart the Bears secondary, who recently lost Charles Tillman. They passed the ball at will, and only ran the ball in obvious situations, or when the game was out of hand. It wasn’t exactly the best test of Eddie Lacy’s ability.
Yesterday, however, the Packers attacked the Vikings defensive line with Lacy, and Lacy was a one man wrecking crew. After being handed the ball, Lacy immediately started looking for someone to hit. It wasn’t that there were no holes to run through, Lacy just seemed to want to create his own holes. He was the definition of a human wrecking ball. Tie that man to a crane, and start tearing down Lambeau.
He rushed for 105 yards and 2 TD on just 13 carries, increasing his yards per carry average from a meager 3.0 to a respectable 4.0. This is still not insanely high, and the limited number of touches is notable, but last night’s game was certainly promising for Lacy owners.
If Lacy can run like he did on Thursday Night Football week in and week out, opposing defenses are going to be exhausted and/or hurt by the end of the first half. That, or Lacy is going to be concussed like he was in Week 1. Either way, the toughest part of the season is over for the Packers’ running game. Eddie Lacy’s stock got a big boost on Thursday, and the entire Packers offense is only going to benefit from having a balanced attack. Look for Lacy’s workload to increase as the season moves on. McCarthy seems to have a tendency to let his offenses get more creative as the season goes on, and the Packers are also in the business of keeping Lacy healthy for the playoffs. Look for Lacy to see more and more touches each game, especially once the cold weather hits Green bay in a few weeks.
There’s no doubt that the Packers intend on using Lacy as an integral piece of their offense, and he could be an integral part of your fantasy football playoff run, come December.