Although there may be some doubters about whether Green Bay Packers’ running back Eddie Lacy can get back to his old self, he sure looked like it for the second straight week as the Packers knocked off the Raiders 20-12 in Week 2 of the NFL preseason.
Lacy, who rushed four times for 24 yards in Green Bay’s win over the Browns in the preseason opener, followed that up with an impressive, nine-carry, 45-yard performance against the up-and-coming Raiders.
If you aren’t adding that up at home, it’s 13 carries for 69 yards, which equates to 5.3 yards per carry. Lacy also scored a first-quarter touchdown for the Packers, plunging in from one yard out, on a third-and-one.
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Of course, Lacy has been a big part of the running game so far in the preseason, but he’s not the only one. James Starks also had a good night, gaining 26 yards on six carries and through two games, he has 39 yards on 11 total attempts. John Crockett has gained 43 yards on 12 carries and rookie Brandon Burks has 13 for 59.
Some of those numbers aren’t great in terms of yards per carry, namely Starks and Crockett, who are each under four. But, you have to remember, sometimes in preseason games, you don’t always have a complete offensive line.
And on top of that, the Packers have had all but seven passes thrown by either Joe Callahan or Marquise Williams, so it’s not like teams are respecting the quarterbacks much.
Regardless, the biggest takeaway from two preseason games is that Green Bay has rushed it a total of 81 times for 296 yards and if the Packers can rush it around 40 times per game in any game during the regular season, head coach Mike McCarthy would be over-the-moon excited.
Running the football is a key component to building a championship-caliber team and after the first couple performances from Lacy and the rest of the backs, as well as the blocking components (o-line, FB, TE), that looks to be one thing Green Bay can already check off on its to do list for 2016.