Play action looks promising for Packers
Mike Conklin, Packers contributor
Tight end Jermichael Finley.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
CREATED Aug. 23, 2013
They were only two plays during a meaningless preseason game, but something the Packers were able to do last week may be a good sign for the future of coach Mike McCarthy's squad.
In his first live NFL action, Eddie Lacy gave some scouts reason to think that the Packers may have found a steal in the second round of this year's draft. He pounded, lunged, and spun his way to 51 yards of total offense in limited first-half snaps.
While Lacy may not have been the beneficiary of two of the most explosive plays of the evening for the Packers offense, he certainly played a role in both of them.
On their first offensive drive, the Packers gave the ball to Lacy on a first down. The bruising back battled forward for seven hard-earned yards.
On the following play (2nd and 3), quarterback Aaron Rodgers faked a handoff to Lacy, which stopped Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree in his tracks. Rodgers then calmly tossed the ball to Jermichael Finley on a short pass over the middle that Finley broke into a 25-yard gain.
On another drive early in the second quarter, Lacy was given back-to-back carries and picked up a combined 13 yards.
On the next snap Rodgers once again faked to Lacy, but threw to Finley again on a quick-hitting play just a few yards past the line of scrimmage. Finley was able to ramble for 33 yards on that play, putting the Packers in scoring position.
If such a trend continues, it appears that for the first time in several years the Packers may have a chance to keep teams off balance on a regular basis on the strength of their running game.
Aaron Rodgers is coming off of two of the best seasons for a quarterback in NFL history, and was able to do so without much of a running game.
After all, an aging John Elway played the best football of his career once Terrell Davis solidified the running game in Denver.
Could something similar be brewing in Green Bay? It is much too early to tell, of course. But based on the way Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense kept the Rams defense on their heels last week, the early returns are promising.
Although many of the Packers starters will likely play less than a half, this will be another thing to watch as the Packers face an outstanding Seahawks defense tonight.