The Packers 3-headed monster is developing
The Packers felt the loss when Eddie Lacy went down with an ankle injury. The sting was made worse by the fact that backup James Starks hurt his knee as well, and then the Packers went through a revolving door at the running back position. Ty Montgomery stepped up but was seen as a wide receiver filling a gap, Aaron Ripkowski was a blocking back and a guy that could squirt out of the backfield and catch a pass from time to time. And the Packers had a revolving door at running back, bringing in one after the other only to see them exit. All that has changed.
Ty Montgomery is no longer a converted wide receiver…he is a running back…period. Montgomery has been money all the time he
Aaron Ripkowski had his work cut out for him with the Green Bay Packers. For starters, he was responsible for the exit of John Kuhn…not a good start. But Rip has become a true player and one that Aaron Rodgers has had some high praise for of late. With the ability to get a couple yards when the offense needs it, and lately showing that he has a nose for the endzone, Rip has proven that he can carry the load. As a lead blocker, Rip brings the wood and he can catch out of the backfield as well. Aaron Ripkowski has become a fan favorite in his own right…now, we just need a chant-able name!
Add Aaron Ripkowski with both his run ability on the quick hitter, as well as his ability as a lead blocker and the only thing you need is a traditional back to run behind him.
Christine Michael may be just the traditional running back that the Packers need down the stretch. After a miscue in the Seahawks game, Michael knows he has to get his stuff together if he wants to stay on the field. Michael is only averaging 3.0 yards per carry with the Pack but he has not had a chance even to get in a rhythm during a game. Michael averaged 4.0 a carry with the Seahawks before they let him go upon the return of Thomas Rawls. Rawls had 67 yards against the Packers last Sunday but had Michael not had his miscue, he might have been over 50 by the time all was said and done.
The good news is that the Packers don’t have to rely on Michael to carry the load down the stretch, they can sprinkle him in and hopefully when he gets his feet under him, he becomes a strong component of the three-headed monster. Michael is still a question mark but he has potential, and in the game agains the Bears, with the weather being what it is, he may have a few extra opportunities to show his stuff. Michael is progressing.
So the Packers, when they need a running game, now have one. With Aaron Rodgers dinged up, the Bears game is the perfect opportunity to use this new running game to our advantage and help Aaron get the injury under control. If we can do that against the Bears, I like our chances against both the Vikings and the Lions.