Packers running back Eddie Lacy has played five games against the Vikings and 43 against the rest of the NFL.
Against the rest of the NFL, the powerful runner is averaging a relatively tame 64.2 yards rushing per game. Against the Vikings, his average is 106.8 per game.
“I don’t know if he runs harder against us or what it is,” Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “I don’t know if he’s got something against the Minnesota Vikings or what. But he definitely runs hard. When we play him, he definitely has a chip on his shoulder.”
The Vikings and Packers meet on Sunday night in Green Bay.
Lacy averages half a yard more per carry against the Vikings (4.7) than he does against the rest of the league (4.2). He also has 11 100-yard games, four of which have come against the Vikings. After opening with 94 yards in his first game against the Vikings as a rookie in 2013, Lacy has posted games of 110, 105, 125 and 100. Five of his 23 career rushing touchdowns are against the Vikings.
Typically, when the Vikings struggle defensively under coach Mike Zimmer, the initial breakdown comes early on against the run. Lacy has tested Zimmer’s defense, running for 330 yards and four touchdowns on 60 carries (5.5) in three meetings, all Green Bay victories.
“First of all, their offensive line does a good job of blocking, especially run blocking,” Zimmer said. “They are very flat with a lot of their blocks. They try to get you out of position and when they get you, they don’t allow you to get off of blocks. And then he’s obviously a good back.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he has no idea why Lacy’s numbers jump against the Vikings.
“I don’t think there’s any one thing on how he plays and how the Vikings play on defense,” McCarthy said. “What I see is a very disciplined football team. Their defense is very disciplined with how they play with their leverage, their technique and their assignments.”
Peterson, Joseph sit out practice
Running back Adrian Peterson (shoulder/ankle) and nose tackle Linval Joseph (foot) missed practice, but are expect to play. Limited were left tackle Matt Kalil (lower leg), safety Harrison Smith (hamstring), defensive end Everson Griffen (shoulder) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee).
On the injury report with full participation are safety Anthony Harris (hip) and receiver Adam Thielen (lower back).
Walsh honored again
For the fifth time in his four-year career, kicker Blair Walsh was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Walsh went 5-for-5 on field-goal attempts and accounted for 19 of the Vikings’ 49 points in their victory over the Giants on Sunday.
Walsh is the eighth Viking to win the award under special teams coordinator Mike Priefer since 2012.
Walsh made both of his attempts from 50-plus yards. He’s 6-for-8 from that distance on the season and 23 of 32 in his career. No other NFL kicker has made more than 20 field goals from that distance since 2012.
Oddly, Walsh has twice as many missed PATs (31 of 35) as he does field goals from 50 or longer. Walsh missed his fourth PAT of the season Sunday.
“It’s definitely frustrating when the extra points don’t go in and they don’t go your way,” he said. “We got to continue to work at them and continue to perfect them. I do like that you guys always like to find the negatives, though. Thank you.”
Packers offensive line beat up
The Packers put 16 players on their injury report. Six did not practice and eight were limited.
All five starters on the offensive line are on the report. Left tackle David Bakhtiari, who missed Sunday’s 38-8 loss at Arizona because of an ankle injury, did not practice.
Left guard Josh Sitton (back), center Corey Linsley (ankle), right guard T.J. Lang (shoulder) and right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) all were limited.
The Packers gave up nine sacks Sunday against the Cardinals, with Aaron Rodgers enduring eight of them. He had three fumbles, two of which were returned for touchdowns.