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Run ‘D’ Sparked by Leaner, Meaner, Younger DL

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It's only two preseason games, but the run defense has shown signs of reversing an ugly four-year trend. It all starts up front, where the starters are 12 years younger and 70 pounds lighter.

It’s only two preseason games, but the Green Bay Packers appear to have taken steps toward fixing a major chink in their defensive armor. The Packers have allowed 3.10 yards per carry. That’s good for 10th in the league. Who knows if it’s fool’s gold or the start of a notable trend. However, last season, the Packers ranked 29th by yielding 4.63 yards per carry. In 2012, they ranked 26th by...

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