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Packers have (gasp) a running game (VIDEO)

Posted on: January 9, 2011 8:45 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2011 9:35 pm
 
J. Starks had a breakout game vs. Philadelphia (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With their win vs. the Bears in Week 17, the Packers established themselves as the “non division winner nobody in the NFC wants to face in the playoffs.” Tonight, they showed you why.

Aaron Rodgers continued to establish himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the league – if you had to pick between Rodgers, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning to lead your offense, that would be a tough choice at this point – and the Packers are tough on defense (Clay Matthews, Tramon Williams, Charles Woodson, et al).

But here’s the scariest part about Green Bay. The Packers now apparently have a running game. And with a running game, they very well might be the best team in the NFC.

Funny, they haven’t had one of those for most of the year. After Ryan Grant was lost in the season-opener, Packers fans have been subject to watching Brandon Jackson be rather mediocre and John Kuhn try to convert himself from a fullback into more of a tailback (Kuhn has been pretty decent, actually).

But with the emergence of rookie RB James Starks, the Packers become that much more dangerous, because they take less pressure off Rodgers and because they make the play-action pass that much more effective.

Here's Rodgers talking about his running game:



Against the Eagles, Starks carried 23 times for 127 yards, including a key first down late in the fourth quarter that kept Green Bay’s last drive alive for another three plays, and behind that performance, Rodgers threw for three touchdowns. And think about this: Starks only played THREE games in the regular season (he was on the physically unable to perform list for much of the year). Most notably, he had 18 carries for 73 yards in Week 13 vs. the 49ers, but then he only played once in the next three games.

After tonight, I doubt he will be absent again.

So why hasn’t he been playing lately? Well, there have been whispers about his practice habits. Not necessarily his work ethic, but about what he actually accomplishes while at practice.

"Keep in mind this is a young kid who is still continuing to grow and continuing to develop," Packers running backs coach Edgar Bennett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week. "Each and every one of our backs, they have a role and when their number is called they'll jump in and respond. He certainly has all the capabilities of being (an every-down back). He's talented."

Yes, we saw that tonight.

And now the Falcons have to figure out a way to stop him. The last time these two squads faced off – in Week 12 with Atlanta needing a last-second field goal to pull out the victory – Green Bay’s running game was obsolete. Jackson carried the ball 10 times for 26 yards (actually, Rodgers led all rushers with 51 yards), and the Packers passing game was what led them to their near win.

Now, Green Bay has Starks, and he might just be the difference.

That's what the Eagles will tell you, anyway.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:59 am
 

Packers have (gasp) a running game (VIDEO)

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Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Packers have (gasp) a running game (VIDEO)

Not a Steeler fan, just remembered it for some reason. Cincy won the division that year, and Jacksonville got in as the 5. Pittsburgh went to Cincy(3) and beat them, went to Indy(1) and beat them, then beat the 2 seed Denver in the AFC Championship.



Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Packers have (gasp) a running game (VIDEO)

Really a 6 seed. Are you sure? My bad if I am wrong. Obviously, you must be a Steelers fan.



Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Packers have (gasp) a running game (VIDEO)

Actually pulling for the Pack, but I cant name a 6 seed who as ever won a SB.

'05 Steelers



Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Packers have (gasp) a running game (VIDEO)

I am well aware of who the Packers played this season. My point is simple. If they played the Pats next week they would be double digit dogs. Yet you say they would beat the Pats in New England. You're smarter than that? I did not say the Packers are not playing well, or could not come out of the NFC. Just saying it is going to be a tough task heading to Atlanta on short rest. Turn the ball over 3 times again they will be sent home. Actually pulling for the Pack, but I cant name a 6 seed who as ever won a SB.



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