The defense figuring out how to take the ball away again and Matt Flynn’s unbelievable performance the last two weeks has put the Green Bay Packers in a great position to win the NFC North. Even the good possibility of Aaron Rodgers returning this week is another great reason the Packers will clinch a playoff berth. However, the defense, Flynn and even Rodgers aren’t the main reason why Green Bay will win their third consecutive division title.
The key to victory for the Packers over the next two weeks, and in the playoffs if the dream becomes a reality, is running back Eddie Lacy. Both contests against the Pittsburgh Steelers and at the Chicago Bears will be played in incredibly cold weather, which means that Lacy will get more touches than he has seen up to this point.
The rookie is currently seventh in the league in total rushing yards (1,028) and fourth in rushing attempts per game (19.1). Both of those statistics could see a dramatic increase if Green Bay has anything to say about it. Head coach Mike McCarthy will use the team’s strength, which is the run game at the moment, to lead the charge on offense. Running to set up the pass will make Flynn, or Rodgers hopefully, very dangerous down the stretch.
Many fans may be thinking that there’s no question in their mind Rodgers is the most important piece if the Packers want to reach the playoffs for the fifth straight season. There’s obviously some truth to that. With that being said, not even Rodgers could have played better than Flynn did in the second half of the win over the Dallas Cowboys. Green Bay will definitely want to have Rodgers under center going forward, but it will be Lacy that will set the tone against the Steelers and Bears.
On top of everything else, Lacy is the current favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. That means expect him to be a huge part of the offense over the next two weeks.