Run Attempts Finally Produce
For the time being, the Green Bay Packers can stop answering questions about their sluggish running game. With 176 yards on 39 attempts, both season highs, in a 31-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Lambeau Field, the Packers finally got some production. And it was needed on a day when injuries piled up and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, admittedly, had an off day (14-of-30, though he threw four touchdown passes). "I was pleased with the rushing effort today," said head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers used the tandem of James Starks, who got his first start of the season, and Alex Green, who had been the starter the last three games in the absence of the injured Cedric Benson. With Benson out, the Packers have averaged just 2.8 yards per rush attempt, third-worst in the league, though they had 82 attempts during that span. Against the Cardinals, Starks and Green combined for 114 yards on 28 carries, good for a 4.1-yard average. "It shows the confidence (the coaches...
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