Packers Xs and Os Film Session: Modern Lombardi Power Sweep and Outside Zone Run

Packers Eddie Lacy pass catch and run

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The Green Bay Packers won their second preseason contest of the 2014 season, this time defeating the St. Louis Rams 21-7.

In both games up this point, the first team offense has continued to impress. While much of the attention in the victory over the Rams will be breaking down the return of Aaron Rodgers and his no-huddle aerial circus, the continued emergence of the running game cannot be ignored.

Running back Eddie Lacy made his preseason debut, and he looked to be in mid-season form behind excellent blocking by the offensive line.

It’s also worth noting that Jordy Nelson is an excellent blocker, which is a vastly underrated part of his game. His blocks helped Lacy gain a few extra yards on each carry.

In the video below, I break down two running plays on the opening drive that produced a touchdown. The first play is a modern variation of the Lombardi power sweep, and the second play is the outside zone run, which is a staple of the Lacy running package.

I believe the video embedded above to be fair use under the premise of being a short clip of the original broadcast that is transformative for news reporting, commentary, critique, illustration, and teaching purposes.


Jay Hodgson is an independent sports blogger writing for and

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8 thoughts on “Packers Xs and Os Film Session: Modern Lombardi Power Sweep and Outside Zone Run

  1. I knew exactly which plays you were going to choose. I watch the OL very closely and these were two great examples of similar plays with entirely different blocking schemes. Well done!

  2. Great job again, Jay! One suggestion… would it be possible to watch the play in real time either before or after the analysis?

    1. That is a very good suggestion. It will require more editing that I’m not sure how to do as of today but I’ll take a stab at it. I’ll put Windows Movie Maker to the test!

  3. Really great analysis! Thanks for taking the time to break these down. I know a lot of effort goes into setting these up and getting them out. I just truly hope the NFL doesn’t crack down on this genuinely educational usage because it really does help me better understand and appreciate the nuances of the game. Or said another way, it makes me a better fan. Keep ’em coming, please!

    1. Thank you. I enjoy making them. If you guys keep watching them, I’ll keep making them. I think fair use clearly applies here.

  4. Very good analysis. Initially the plays look like mirror images of each other based on the way the offense lines-up except for the slot guy. But two different blocking schemes with similar results.
    And here I always thought ARod drew up the plays in the huddle on the palm of his hand.
    Keep it up – enjoy these segments.

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