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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Lacy named offensive player of the week

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. – On Monday, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called it "an easy decision” for them to draft running back Le’Veon Bell instead of Eddie Lacy.

The NFL’s decision to pick Lacy, the Green Bay Packers’ rookie running back, as the NFC offensive player of the week might have been equally easy.

Lacy, who was taken 13 picks after the Steelers took Bell in the second round, was honored after rushing for 141 yards on 21 carries in Sunday’s 37-36 win over the Dallas Cowboys. It was Lacy’s 60-yard run on the opening play from scrimmage of the third quarter that helped spark the Packers’ comeback from a 23-point halftime deficit. He scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:31 remaining.

In the fourth quarter on Sunday, Lacy eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season, becoming the first Packers rookie to do so since John Brockington in 1971.

Heading into Sunday’s game against Tomlin’s Steelers, Lacy needs only 78 yards to break Brockington’s team rookie record for rushing yards of 1,105.

Lacy previously had been named the NFL’s rookie of the month for October. In the last 11 games, Lacy has an NFL-best 977 yards rushing.

Bell also has 1,000 yards this season but only if you combine his rushing (646 yards) and receiving (388 yards) totals.