Running Game Comparison

In this companion piece to our main story of the day, here is a look at how the Packers' running game compares in the McCarthy era and on a weekly basis this season.

Here's a numerical look at the Green Bay Packers' running game.

The McCarthy era

Year: The first figure, which is from TeamRankings.com, is the percentage of running plays, including all carries by the quarterbacks (with league ranking in parentheses). The second figure is carries by the running backs.

2012: 42.0 percent (16). 361 carries by running backs (projected).

2011: 39.4 percent (25). 318 carries by running backs.

2010: 42.4 percent (19). 347 carries by running backs.

2009: 41.3 percent (22). 374 carries by running backs.

2008: 43.2 percent (17). 374 carries by running backs.

2007: 40.0 percent (24). 342 carries by running backs.

2006: 39.7 percent (29). 396 carries by running backs.

2012: Game-by-game

Note that the Packers' five highest run percentages of the season have come in the last five games.

San Francisco: 14 running plays, 61 total plays, 23.0 percent.

Chicago: 28-66, 42.4 percent.

Seattle: 21-68, 30.9 percent.

New Orleans: 25-66, 37.9 percent.

Indianapolis: 24-61, 39.3 percent.

Houston: 31-70, 44.3 percent.

St. Louis: 26-66, 39.4 percent.

Jacksonville: 26-64, 40.6 percent.

Arizona: 39-70, 55.7 percent.

Detroit: 29-59, 49.1 percent.

N.Y. Giants: 26-58, 44.8 percent.

Minnesota: 36-73, 49.3 percent.

Detroit: 25-52, 48.1 percent.


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