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Monday, November 17, 2008
Run-first approach

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

The play calling of pass-happy Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is a source of consistent discussion in Wisconsin and elsewhere, but on Sunday McCarthy stayed true to his commitment to run the ball more as the season progresses.

McCarthy's offense ran on 62.2 percent of its first- and second-down plays in a 37-3 victory over Chicago. It helped that the Packers never trailed in the game. But the percentage is nevertheless a blueprint for the Packers to pursue as the weather turns less predictable in the second half of the season.

Courtesy ESPN Stats & Information, here is down-by-down breakdown of McCarthy's play calling Sunday:

Packers Play Selection By Down
DownRushPassRun%Avg. Gain
1st 18 12 60.0 6.5
2nd 15 8 65.2 6.9
3rd 4 10 28.6 5.1