Eddie Lacy hopes to get a roll going
Eddie Lacy will have to count on the Packers’ strong following of fans on the road to show up in big numbers Sunday and deliver a vocal encore at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum.
Lacy was caught off-guard toward the end of Green Bay’s 28-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field last Sunday.
The home fans loudly chanted “Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die!” as Lacy put the finishing touches on a season-best performance of 24 carries for 124 yards, capped by his one-yard touchdown.
“That’s definitely one of the weirdest things ever,” Lacy said.
“I’m not used to it,” he said with a knowing laugh. “I think a couple times my rookie year (last season), but not since then.”
In fact, Lacy went into that game with a lot of scrutiny. Head coach Mike McCarthy benched the team’s top halfback for most of the Dec. 3 win at the Detroit Lions because Lacy broke the team curfew the previous night.
Lacy sufficiently made up for his pitiful five-carry, four-yard effort against the Lions by busting loose last weekend as he regained his starting job. It was Lacy’s third 100-yard rushing performance in Green Bay’s last four games.
“Just getting back on track,” Lacy said. “I know the last few weeks things were a little different. But, I think it was just the way to show me like this is what I love to do and, without it, I’m miserable, and with Coach taking me out (the previous game) and going through that, it just showed me that’s not what I want. And, by him giving me a chance to come out and redeem myself, I think it was just a blessing in disguise.”
The resounding support of the Green Bay fans didn’t hurt, either.
“It gives me a lot of energy, and I’m thankful, and it just allows me to go out and just continue to play at a high level,” Lacy said.
–The Packers still haven’t made a decision on veteran tight end Andrew Quarless’ playing status for the rest of the season.
Quarless remains on the injured reserve/designated for return list. He’s been practicing since Nov. 30 after being out since suffering a knee injury in the Sept. 28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
“He’s going to practice through the whole week,” McCarthy said Wednesday. “I don’t really have a set plan. (But) he’s making progress. He definitely was better last week than he was the first week (of his return).”
Green Bay has three tight ends on the 53-man roster: starter Richard Rodgers, fellow second-year player Justin Perillo and sparingly used rookie Kennard Backman.
Rodgers ranks second on the team with 49 catches for 442 yards. His seven touchdown receptions ties him with receiver James Jones for No. 1 on the club.
Perillo, who was promoted from the practice squad in Week 6, has 10 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Backman, a sixth-round draft pick, doesn’t have a catch in six games played.
–Green Bay’s six-game winning streak against the Raiders has been rife with blowouts.
The Packers have outscored Oakland 210-70 in those games, dating back to 1990. That computes to a staggering average scoring margin of 35-12.
Green Bay has won five of those games by at least 13 points and four by at least 28 points. The only close call was a 28-24 victory at Green Bay in the 1999 season opener.
The Packers’ last trip to Oakland was in 2003. They rolled to a 41-7 triumph on “Monday Night Football” three days before Christmas and one day after the father of then-Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre died of a heart attack. Favre insisted on playing and gave a heroic performance by passing for 399 yards and four touchdowns.
None of the current Packers was with the team that season.
–Green Bay notched the 750th win in its storied 97-year existence in the conquest of the Cowboys last Sunday.
The Packers have a cumulative record of 750-565-37 in all games played.
Green Bay joined the rival Chicago Bears (757-571-42) as the only teams in NFL history to have 750 wins.
Notes: Cornerback Sam Shields (concussion) didn’t practice Wednesday. The team’s top cornerback is recovering from a head injury that knocked him out of the 28-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Shields’ availability for Sunday’s game at the Oakland Raiders is up in the air since he still has to get through the NFL-mandated concussion protocol before he can be cleared to play again. Damarious Randall, the team’s first-round draft pick this year, replaced Shields in the first half of the last game and would be in line to make the start Sunday. … Center Corey Linsley (ankle) returned to the field Wednesday, practicing on a limited basis. He was sidelined last week and didn’t play Sunday in the victory over the Cowboys because of a reinjured ankle. Whether Linsley can play this Sunday at Oakland remains to be seen. JC Tretter was effective in his second pro start against Dallas and could get the nod over Linsley this weekend.
Wide receiver James Jones, who played for the Raiders last season, needs only 35 receiving yards in his return to Oakland on Sunday to become the 12th player in Packers history to attain 5,000 for his career. … Outside linebacker Julius Peppers, who has a team-high seven sacks, needs a half sack to reach 133 sacks for his career. That would be the 12th highest in NFL history. Peppers is tied with Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neal. … Kicker Mason Crosby needs 11 points in Green Bay’s final three regular-season games to achieve a 100-point season for a team-record ninth time. Crosby is tied with Ryan Longwell for the top spot in team annals with eight 100-point seasons.