Somebody woke up a sleeping fat running back in the past two weeks.
After an abysmal start to the football season — during which, I’m sure many fantasy football owners cut Eddie Lacy from their rosters — the Packers running back has rushed for 205 yards in the last two weeks, including 105 against the Bears Thursday night.
The Bears defense didn’t seem to have an answer for the Packers’ run game as Lacy averaged 6.1 yards per carry in his 17 rushing attempts. And backup running back James Starks added 39 yards on 7 carries, a 5.5-yard average.
The statistics were particularly perplexing given that the rainy conditions at Lambeau Field dictated a heavy dose of the run game, and the Bears should have known what was coming. However, with Aaron Rodgers opposite them, the defense had to be mindful of the passing game no matter the weather.
The Bears did get one victory against Lacy when Chris Prosinski poked the ball out of his hands and Lamarr Houston recovered it, following a 15-yard run early in the second quarter. And Lacy almost gifted the Bears another one when he threw the ball behind him as he crossed the goal line — I still think had there been a goal line cam, we’d see that Lacy tossed the ball prematurely.
The run defense is something the Bears will have to improve on as they have upcoming games against the Vikings and Buccaneers, who are currently the third- and second-ranked rushing offenses, respectively.