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Running Game Opens Up Play-Action Attack

Even with the return of Ryan Grant and a seasoned James Starks, the Packers' running game is no better than it was last year. However, the threat of the run — and some adept play-calling by Mike McCarthy — has created opportunities for Aaron Rodgers to make big plays.

On Monday and again on Thursday, offensive coordinator Joe Philbin lamented the state of the Green Bay Packers' running game. "We've been on our whole run unit — backs, linemen, tight ends, receivers — about finishing," Philbin said on Thursday, a few days after James Starks and Ryan Grant combined for 74 yards on 22 rushing attempts against St. Louis and a few days before the Packers face...

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