Lacy is more important than Rodgers on Sunday

Eddie Lacy leads all rookies with 887 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Eddie Lacy leads all rookies with 887 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Most people are looking at Sunday’s game with the Cowboys as a potential mismatch.

A Dallas team with a lot of offensive weaponry vs. a Green Bay team that has been struggling to find its way with a backup quarterback.

And most people are saying that only way the Packers beat the Cowboys is if Aaron Rodgers plays.

I disagree.

The only way the Packers beat the Cowboys is if Eddie Lacy plays.

Let’s remember who has been the one constant, consistent player through four quarterback changes. And let’s not forget that he is still finding his way as a rookie.

Ever since Rodgers went down Nov. 4, Lacy has tallied over 20 carries a game four times. He has been the needed Clydesdale this offense has needed to bring the Packers to the nourishing playoff waters.

Of course it helps that Dallas’ defense hasn’t even been worth a participation trophy in a third grade basketball tournament. The Cowboys have been ailing as four of their top six defensive linemen that started the season are now out. To make matters worse, they have patched the unit together with six street free agents that has made first-year defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin take plenty of abuse. Of course, he is clearly coaching a unit that has been outmanned most of the year and unless the offense can score 24 points, there’s no way the Cowboys win.

Lacy’s right ankle has been a problem and he remains questionable for Sunday. But even with a bad wheel, he will make a less than qualified unit want to tackle a human battering ram.

I realize that the secondary will be asked a lot of itself to contain the Cowboys’ physical receiver Dez Bryant. Because let’s face it, the secondary hasn’t exactly made anyone feel warm and fuzzy this year.

But Sunday will come down to Lacy. He has carried the load and now Green Bay needs him to do it one more time.


Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn