Green Bay's Rodgers, Lacy combine to hammer Vikings

Fri Oct 3, 2014 2:21am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Eddie Lacy restored Green Bay's running game and busted out of his personal slump as he ran the Packers to a 42-10 rout over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.

Lacy rushed for 105 yards and two scores while quarterback Aaron Rodgers added three touchdown passes as Green Bay scored the game's first 42 points.

The Packers (3-2) offense had started slow in their 1-2 open to the season, but Rodgers and his team mates put fans' concerns to rest in a 38-17 victory against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Still, Green Bay's running game had yet to function effectively and Lacy had not reached 50 yards rushing in a game before Thursday's clash against the Vikings.

"We know what Eddie can do, we never lost faith," Packers receiver Randall Cobb told reporters after catching his league-leading sixth touchdown reception.

"We’re going to be in his corner the whole way, and when he gets opportunities he’s going to make it happen."

With steady rain falling at Green Bay's Lambeau Field, Rodgers kicked off the fireworks in the first quarter with a scoring throw to Randall Cobb and a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson.

Linebacker Julius Peppers then returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter before Rodgers added a third touchdown toss to Davante Adams for an 11-yard score.

Lacy took over in the third, putting the game away with two scoring runs before Green Bay's starters rested in the fourth.   Continued...

 
Oct 2, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) rushes for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.   Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports