Eddie Lacy wasn't able to explain why the Green Bay Packers' run game faltered against the Detroit Lions in a 19-7 loss on Sept. 21.
Second-year running back Eddie Lacy cannot explain the Green Bay Packers' struggles on the ground.
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ESPN's Rob Demovsky looked into the issue in the aftermath of the Packers' 19-7 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sept. 21:
"Teams have gone back to daring the Green Bay Packers to run the ball and even with Eddie Lacy in their backfield, they still can't do it.
"Like so many teams did after quarterback Aaron Rodgers' MVP season of 2011, the Detroit Lions spent most of Sunday's game at Ford Field sitting back in a two-deep safety look in an effort to prevent the Packers' passing game from heating up.
"It worked just how the Lions drew it up.
"The result was a 79-yard rushing performance that included just 36 yards on 11 carries from star back Eddie Lacy, who fumbled on his second carry and was stuffed for a safety 2 yards into his own end zone in the second quarter of the 19-7 loss at Ford Field.
"'We've got to be able to run the ball when teams play us like that,' Rodgers said. 'It happened after 2011, we saw two-high all the time. We didnt' run it great that year, but we ran it a little bit more effectively than we did today.'
"The lack of a running game made it easy to defend the Packers' passing game. Their longest play from scrimmage was just 18 yards -- a pair of passes to Jordy Nelson and Andrew Quarless. It was the first time since Nov. 9, 2008 that they failed to have at least one 20-yard gain (passing or rushing). It also was the Packers' shortest long gain in a game since Oct. 5, 1998.
"Through three games, Lacy has 113 yards on 36 carries, putting him on pace for 603 yards -- or 575 fewer than he had last season when he was the NFL's offensive rookie of the year. His start has left him puzzled and, perhaps more troubling, unsure of what has gone wrong.
"'I don't know if I have to be more patient or speed things up,' Lacy said. 'But one way or another I'm responsible for the run game.'
"Lacy's fumble was the first since the fifth carry of his pro career, and it put the Packers in a hope for the second straight game. A week after the Jets turned a fumble exchange between Rodgers and center Corey Linsley on the first play into a touchdown, the Lions returned Lacy's fumble for a score of their own.
"'There's no excuse for that,' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. 'That's two weeks in a row we've had a fumble on the first play and we fumbled the second play. That's unacceptable. And on top of it, it turns into seven points. We gave up nine points on offense.'"
Green Bay wide receiver Randall Cobb told Mike Spofford of the team's official website the Packers' offense has been below average overall:
"There are a lot of ways to describe the ugliness that was the Packers offense on Sunday in Detroit.
"Receiver Randall Cobb didn't hold back.
"'It was embarrassing as an offense, embarrassing myself, the way I played,' Cobb said following a 19-7 loss to the Lions at Ford Field. 'I have to be better, I have to do more, I have to give this team more. I have to look in the mirror first and see what I can do to help this team out.'
"Cobb was particularly hard on himself about the first pass thrown his way, on third-and-3 on the Packers' second drive of the game. Cutting outside from the slot and taking off down the sideline, Cobb appeared to have a clear shot to catch a well-thrown pass from Aaron Rodgers that zipped over the Detroit defender's shoulder, but he missed it.
"It sets the tone for a long, frustrating day on offense as the Packers managed just 223 yards and seven points.
"'It's really tough. Our defense played their butts off tonight,' said Cobb, who had just three catches for 29 yards. 'We did nothing for them.'
"Several players they remained confident the offense was going to start clicking at some point, but it kept getting bogged down. After a fumble and three-and-out to start the game, the only possession the offense failed to gain at least one down was a one-play safety in the second quarter."
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