You might think that Aaron Rodgers is the key to the Green Bay Packers defeating the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night, but you would be wrong. It will be Eddie Lacy.
If you remember the last time Green Bay went to Seattle, Rodgers was tormented as the offensive line had no chance against the deafening noise at Qwest Field or the furious Seattle pass rush. The All-Pro signal caller was sacked eight times in the first half. Green Bay had just three points at intermission.
What saved the Packers was Cedric Benson and the running game in the second half. So when the Packers take on Seattle again, Lacy, not Rodgers should be the focal point of the offense.
Yes the Seattle defense is difficult to run against but Green Bay boasts a talented offensive line and Lacy is already one of the NFL’s premiere runners. A solid ground game will be a great help to rookie center Corey Linsley, who will make his first career start Thursday, while also making Rodgers’ life much easier.
The great thing about Lacy is that with him in the backfield, the Packers are no longer one-dimensional. They can beat you in different ways and running it down your throat is one of them.
The key is getting Lacy 20-25 carries. If he touches the ball that many times, it will mean he is getting good yardage and Green Bay is possessing the ball, which is a great way to keep the 12th man in check.
Plus running effectively will help protect a defense that is facing an elite running game and quarterback.
Green Bay isn’t going to go to Seattle and put up 30 points. If they are going to win, it will because of a great day on the ground by Lacy, a solid performance from the defense and some key throws by Rodgers.
The Packers have to prove they can win a tough, physical style football game. That’s what championship teams do and the best way for Green Bay to do it Thursday night in Seattle is relying heavily on Lacy.