New York Giants: Defense Must Stop Eddie Lacy on Sunday

Eddie Lacy

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The New York Giants will face the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers on Sunday. In fact, the New York Giants will face the Seneca Wallace-less Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

So, who is Green Bay’s starting quarterback on Sunday?

As of right now, Scott Tolzien. Tolzien went undrafted out of the University of Wisconsin and has spent three years floating around practice squads in the NFL. In his regular season debut last week, Tolzien completed 24 out of 39 passes for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Packers also re-signed Matt Flynn earlier in the week and he could see time on Sunday as well.

With question marks in Green Bay’s quarterback situation for Sunday, the Giants’ defense must shift their focus to stopping the Packers’ running game led by rookie Eddie Lacy, who has not so quietly climbed the NFL ranks.

The Packers drafted Lacy out of Alabama this past year. The rookie running back has exploded onto the NFL scene, transforming Green Bay’s running game into a force to reckoned with. The Packers currently rank sixth in the NFL in rushing, compiling 143 yards per game. Lacy by himself has rushed for 669 yards and four touchdowns on the season, including a 150-yard outburst against the Chicago Bears.

On the other side, the Giants have shut down some the league’s premier running backs this season. New York held Adrian Peterson to just 28 rushing yards and LeSean McCoy to under 50 yards in both matchups this season. The drastic improvements made by the Giants’ defensive unit can be pointed to as the big reason for New York’s turnaround.

Both Eddie Lacy and the New York Giants’ defense are on the rise. One of these two will have to give on Sunday, and whoever wins this battle will likely win the game.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.

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