Rejuvenated Lacy, Packers breeze past Cowboys
The world got to see the "rejuvenated" Eddie Lacy that Packers coach Mike McCarthy talked about earlier this week. That same term could describe the entire Packers team Sunday.
Lacy rushed for 124 yards and scored a late touchdown to seal a 28-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at Lambeau Field. Mike McCarthy's first game since resuming play-calling duties relied heavily on the run, with terrific results, as James Starks added 71 yards on a rainy afternoon at Lambeau Field.
Not to be overshadowed by the ground game, the Packers defense held an opponent under 10 points for the first time since limiting the 49ers to just three points in a road win in week 4. Darren McFadden cracked the 100-yard rushing mark for Dallas, but Matt Cassel was held without a touchdown pass and the Cowboys were overmatched in time of possession.
The Packers have now won back-to-back games for the first time since their 6-0 start to the season, and maybe more importantly, the difficult stretch that dampened November seems to have lifted in Green Bay. The Packers went 1-4 last month, but have not lost a game in any other month in the 2015 regular season.
Aaron Rodgers played his usual virtually mistake-free brand of football, throwing two touchdown passes without an interception and totaling 218 yards through the air, adding 27 additional yards on the ground. But Rodgers happily gave way to a rushing attack that clearly benefited from a revived offensive line. Green Bay had ten days between games after the Hail Mary pass to Richard Rodgers in Detroit.
The Packers are 9-4 and now have a one game lead on Minnesota in the NFC North after the Vikings lost to Arizona Thursday. Green Bay heads to Oakland and Arizona the next two weeks, looking to clinch a division title and gain ground on the Cardinals for a possible first round playoff bye.