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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Starter Pack: Run game surprises Rodgers

By Rob Demovsky

A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. – When we last discussed the Packers’ running game – all of two days ago – it was ranked fourth in the NFL through Sunday’s games. Following the completion of the "Monday Night Football" game between Seattle and St. Louis, the Packers jumped up a spot, moving ahead of the Seahawks and into third in yards per game (141.4).

We’ve discussed at various times over the last couple of months how much coach Mike McCarthy was committed to improving the running game. Perhaps you were skeptical. If so, don’t feel bad. So was quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who said as much during an appearance on ESPN’s "Pardon the Interruption" on Tuesday evening.

“Every team is different,” Rodgers said on PTI. “I didn’t really expect this type of production from the run game this year, but here we are. We’re sitting in the top five in yards per game rushing the football.”

For Rodgers, it has been a welcome addition considering all the weapons he has lost in the passing game. The Packers played last Sunday without three of their top four receivers – Randall Cobb, James Jones and tight end Jermichael Finley.

“That definitely takes a lot of pressure off of some holes we’ve had to fill in the passing game,” Rodgers said.

Rookie running back Eddie Lacy leads the NFL in rushing over the last four weeks with 395 yards. For the season he's tied for 13th overall with 446 yards, and he needs only 18 more yards rushing to match Alex Green’s team-leading total from last season.