For any Green Bay Packers fan, this week’s battle against the Philadelphia Eagles will be a game many to be on the edge of your seat, chomping at the fingernails and watching anxiously as Seneca Wallace becomes only the fourth Packers quarterback in the last 20 years to start a game.
As everyone may know, starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be sidelined for a few weeks with a small fracture to his collarbone, and the Packers’ high-powered offense will now turn into an offense that solely relies on the run game. For this reason I believe rookie running back Eddie Lacy will have a fantastic game for the green and gold.
It may be easy for me to sit here and say that Lacy will have a great game based off his last few performances. He is turning into one of the league’s best backs and is proving to everyone that the Packers made a great decision finding a guy who can run downhill with power and balance an offense that was extremely pass-happy in the past few years.
In the last five games, Lacy has averaged 109 yards per game on the ground and has scored three touchdowns in the process. The workload has increased for Lacy as the season has progressed, and now with Rodgers out he can expect even more carries.
The most carries that Lacy has received in a game has been 29 in the Packers’ road battle against the Minnesota Vikings. After the game Lacy said his body would surely be sore. Well, if that was the case, he can expect his body to be in even worse shape after the Eagles game. Some Packers coaches have come out and said that they believe Lacy can be a back who carries the ball over 30 times a game, and he will definitely be hovering around that number (barring injury) this Sunday afternoon.
I expect Lacy to want the ball and take control of the offense with Wallace at quarterback. The rookie has proven he can be relied upon, and he will be looking to send a message to the Eagles and the rest of the NFL for several weeks as Rodgers recovers.
My projections for Lacy look like this: 32 carries, 140 yards, one touchdown; three catches for 25 yards