Game Notes: Eddie Lacy Grinds His Way Over 100, Closes Out Win

Eddie Lacy OK after concussion

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I turned around, re-focused and went out there and hit a good ball. The kick put the Packers ahead 6-0 at halftime, and Crosby went on to add field goals of 50 and 31 yards in the second half for a 4-for-5 day. Hes now 13-for-14 on field goals this season. I felt like I finished more information well, and that was important, he said. In his face: Tight end and special-teams ace Ryan Taylor used his head on Sunday to block a punt. As Taylor charged up the middle of the Ravens punt-protection unit in the second quarter, punter Sam Kochs punt drilled Taylor right in the face mask. We knew this guy had a block spot at about 9 yards. We had studied that, so we knew we had a better opportunity this week at blocking it, said Taylor, who became the second Packers player in two years to block a punt, following Davon House s block against Jacksonville last season. I just kind of came free, gave a little move to the guy blocking me, and I think I ended up blocking it with my face.

Former Alabama star Eddie Lacy runs wild in Packers’ win: ‘He fits what we do perfectly’

Lacy has carried the rock 38 times for 150 yards and one touchdown this season. Those numbers arent overwhelming, but the schedule opens up after this week and the Packers seem committed to Lacy as their bell cow. He suffered a concussion in Week 3 but touched the ball 24 times last week, indicating that they trust his health and ability to produce. As far as the schedule is concerned, after this week, eight of Green Bays final 11 games are against the porous defenses in the NFC North and NFC East. In contrast to running backs on other teams, no defense will ever identify the Green Bay ground game as their main concern, something that should allow Lacy to coast over 100 rushing yards and a score every other week. So youre buying Lacy for the rest of 2013, but who should consider swapping for him in a mid-season trade? From this point forward, I think Lacy will out produce any running back on the Arizona Cardinals or Cincinnati Bengals roster, DeMarco Murray, Frank Gore, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Steven Jackson (an injured 30-year old RB?

Green Bay Packers: When Healthy, James Starks Deserves to Start Over Eddie Lacy

He’s full go, and I think the week off definitely helped him.” [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Mike Roemer Eddie Lacy is helped off the field after suffering a concussion on his first carry against Washington in Week 2. Lacy was not available to reporters Monday, but last week before the players broke for the bye, he said he had yet to be cleared. He said he didn’t remember anything about the hit from Meriweather. “I didn’t know nothing,” Lacy said last week. “When I got to sit down on that bench, that’s pretty much when I came back.” It’s unclear whether Lacy will return to his starting role this week. James Starks , who rushed for 132 yards against the Redskins after Lacy departed, sustained a knee injury against the Bengals and did not practice Monday. Starks’ replacement, Johnathan Franklin , appeared to be fine after sustaining a foot injury at Cincinnati and practiced Monday. Franklin rushed for 103 yards — all in the second half — against the Bengals, but it was his fourth-quarter fumble that Bengals cornerback Terence Newman returned 58 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Fantasy Football Trade Target: Eddie Lacy

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Lacy finished with 120 rushing yards in the 19-17 win. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) View/Post Comments The running game is alive and well in Green Bay. Former Alabama star Eddie Lacy finished with 120 yards on 23 carries in the Packers’ 19-17 win over Baltimore on Sunday. “We’re making ourselves two-dimensional,” Lacy told the Green Bay Press Gazette . “To come in and run the ball as good as we did against such a physical defense, it goes a long way.” The Packers have produced an individual who has rushed for 99 yards or more in four consecutive games, and Lacy is now the third 100-yard rusher Green Bay has had this season. “The offensive line had a great game today,” he said. “It was a grind — both blocking and running the football, but we kept the same mindset, just kept pushing and pushing.” Right guard T.J. Lang told Packers.com that Lacy is the man for the job.

Fantasy Expectations for Eddie Lacy After Randall Cobb, James Jones Injuries

Out of a possible 53 regular season games that Starks could have played, he has only seen action in 25. He will make it 25-of-54 this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. That’s because back in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Starks suffered a knee injury — he’s been there before. It’s that bum knee that will now keep Starks out back-to-back weeks, but he’s progressing and appears to be on track to return soon. The only problem is that Starks will inevitably face an uphill battle if he wants to return to No. 1 on Green Bay’s running back depth chart. It was Starks himself who benefited from a concussion to rookie tailback Eddie Lacy in Week 2, and Starks went on to rush 20 times for 132 yards and a touchdown in a 38-20 victory over the Washington Redskins. It was the first Packers’ running back to top the century mark since, well, James Starks.

Green Bay had marginal success through the air in the opening half against Baltimore, as Aaron Rodgers went 10-of-21 for 116 yards. But more than half of those yards went to either Jones or Cobb. On the other hand, Lacy enjoyed a productive first half with eight carries for 65 yards as a workhorse back, and they’ll look to ride on his back throughout the second half as their offense immediately became relatively one-dimensional when Cobb went down at the end of the half. Rodgers won’t be able to easily find Nelson and Jermichael Finley in the second half, as they’ll be blanketed by a Ravens secondary that recognizes Rodgers is without arguably his two favorite targets. With the Pack leading 6-0 at half and nothing doing for the Ravens offensively, Green Bay will repeatedly try to build more of an advantage on the ground. This is only amplified by the loss of Jones and Cobb. Should the Packers defense continue to make it difficult for Baltimore to run the ball, they could get out to a more extensive lead and put the ball in the hands of their workhorse back Lacy. Most recent updates:

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