After a shaky start to the 2014 NFL season, the Green Bay Packers appear to finally be firing on all cylinders.
The Packers blew out the Minnesota Vikings 42-10 Thursday night at Lambeau Field in a game that showcased the Green Bay offense’s potential.with Eddie Lacy finally breaking out and having his best game of the season.
The defense also continued its stellar play, sacking Christian Ponder six times and intercepting him three times. Without Adrian Peterson or Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings looked absolutely inept on offense.
Here’s who played well for the Packers, and given the final score, there’s plenty to choose from. There also is only one lame call.
RB Eddie Lacy
Lacy set the pace early with runs of 18 and 29 yards and never looked back.
Looking much more decisive than he has in the past few weeks, Lacy finally flashed his 2014 form and finished with 13 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown. One of his touchdowns put Lacy’s sheer power on display as he absolutely trucked a Vikings defender on his way to the end zone.
Hopefully this was the confidence builder he needed and will finally unleash the two-headed monster everything thought the Packers’ offense could be.
DT Letroy Guion
Playing against his former team was apparently just what the doctor ordered to wake Guion from his season long slumber.
Displaying a fire and intensity that had been sorely lacking up until last night, Guion finished with 1.5 sacks and was far more disruptive than he has been all season. It’s only one game but hopefully this will be enough to get him going as the Packers will not have B.J. Raji the rest of the season.
DE/LB Julius Peppers
If there was any doubt remaining, the signing of Peppers is now officially one of general manager Ted Thompson’s best moves in a long time.
Peppers seemed to be getting better each week and against the Vikings, his pick-six off a tipped Ponder pass put his freak athletic ability on display. Can you believe this guy is 34 years old? Hard to tell given how fast he’s moved since he arrived in Green Bay.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy
It’s a bit odd giving a lame call to the coach when the team won by 32 points, but during the second quarter against the Vikings, McCarthy displayed his head scratching decision making that gives so many fans indigestion.
After a sizzling start by the offense and two consecutive touchdown passes by Aaron Rodgers as well as strong running by Lacy, McCarthy got away from what worked early and the offense again went stagnant in the second quarter.
McCarthy needs to stop outsmarting himself and once he finds something that works, stick with it. Taking the ball out of Lacy’s hands that soon was ludicrous and though he corrected it at the start of the second half, the game should have been over much sooner.——————
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke