Eagles vs. Packers: Philadelphia Defense Must Stop Eddie Lacy On The Ground

By Ryan Wenzell
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles‘ defense is in for a stiff challenge on Sunday. It comes in the form of rookie running back Eddie Lacy. Lacy has been sensational for the Green Bay Packers and gives them the first true running threat they have had in many years.

Lacy, at 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds, is a big bruising back who can also break one. He’s fresh off the best game of his career where he ran for 150 yards, gashing the Chicago Bears‘ usually steady run defense.

No doubt about it — Lacy and the running game will be a focal point in the Packers’ offensive game plan, especially with their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers on the shelf for this week. They will hand the reins to Seneca Wallace for the foreseeable future, and the backup quarterback is clearly going to need to rely on his running backs to help him out.

The key for the Eagles will be limiting the Packers’ running game. If they can contain Lacy, that forces the ball more into Wallace’s hands. That is a good thing for the Eagles. He did not look too impressive on Monday Night in running the offense, especially in the passing game.

Lacy and backup James Starks will be the two guys that the Eagles will need to focus on. If they can stop the run this week, the pass rush can pin their ears back in passing situations on the young quarterback, and the secondary can be more aggressive and take more chances in trying to create turnovers.

If the Eagles can stop the run, they will win this ballgame.

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