Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was doing his usual thing — running around and through chumps — at the start of Sunday’s win over Dallas.
Then he disappeared.
James Starks replaced Lacy, as he has at times this season, but for a longer stretch than we’ve grown accustomed to. There was good reason for that and it’s not because Lacy got injured. It’s because he had an asthma attack after the first series.
“You know your body is good enough to go out and play,” said Lacy. “But … you just can’t breathe. And it’s a breathing thing. It’s not something you want to go out and risk…risk something bad happening. There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s a medical condition. I take my inhaler, I do everything I’m supposed to do. When it happens, it happens.”
So Lacy waited and eventually returned. He would finish the day with 101 yards on 19 carries, numbers that surely would have been more robust if not for the attack.
That’s Lacy’s second straight game with more than 100 yards against a top 10 rushing defense. The Cowboys finished the season ranked eighth and the Packers’ week 17 opponent, the Detroit Lions, finished first.
He’ll have another huge test in the NFC Championship game against Seattle, which was second in the NFL in rushing defense. Lacy managed only 34 yards on 12 carries when the teams met back in week 1.
If I’m MM, my main emphasis this week is run blocking. Rodgers will struggle to throw the ball down field even if Adams and Richard Rodgers have a field day, nor will he be able to scramble for a first down. WE HAVE TO WIN ON THE GROUND!!!
We have 2, and maybe 3, fresh young talented healthy RB’s. Seattle has one hell of a secondary, and they’re expecting the Packers to lean on Rodgers arm. This will both catch them off guard, keep them honest the whole game, and tire them quickly.
With Lynch’s bruising style and Wilson’s ability to escape pressure and rush for like a million yards (849 this year), our defense will need all the rest and help it can get from Pack’s ability to run the football and eat out the clock.
One more thing, this will be all for naught if they don’t tackle properly. I can’t tell you just how sick I am of seeing MM focusing on tackling one week, and then seemingly blowing it off the next. One week it’s great, next it costs us a game. Get your head out of your rear Mike, and make e’m TACKLE for pete’s sake!
Having a running back who we rely on heavily in cold weather games who has asthma isn’t the greatest thing. However he still managed to be very effective for us Sunday. Thankfully the weather is looking warm Sunday in Seattle so his asthma shouldn’t be an issue.
Yea I just heard about this today.
Its like having a 5 star chef that also happens to be lactose intolerant.
I really hope things go smooth for him in a warmer Seattle.
The O line is in much better shape than they were in week 1. Detroit had the number one D against the run and Fast Eddie put over 100 on them. First 100 yard rusher in quite a few games IIRC. Hopefully that’s enough to keep Rodgers in one piece.
I don’t see the Pack playing scared like they did earlier. I see us challenging Sherman from time to time. This will be a good game.
they weren’t playing scared in week 1. they outplayed the Cheathawks in the first half except for a preseason level gaff by a GB D-lineman running into the punter, costing a 7 point swing due to former vike percy harvin having a great game vs. the pack [he finally got to play GB with a half decent team around him!]. btw where is PH? didn’t see him on the Skedattle roster last time i looked; what seems to be the problem, lol?
not one throw to Richard Sherman’s side of the field isn’t playing scared?
Fritz, he was traded a while back to the Jets, where he was quickly silenced by that teams inability to pass.
If I was the Hoodie… I’d be shaking ragweed and having dogs run all over the field in prep for Lacy.
Probably not the case last game. Exercise Asthma… “Many people with asthma have symptoms when they exercise, especially in cold weather. ”
Assuming that Seattle will be warmer than GB.. less to worry about?
thanks for that. TP is there a doctor in the house? David and we would like your assessment of a warmer, wetter, albeit with calm breeze, weather effect possible/probable on Fast Eddie?