When discussing the Green Bay Packers, all the attention tends to hinge on Aaron Rodgers. And rightfully so, since he’s one of the most prolific passers in the NFL.
However, there’s a small revolution happening on the frozen tundra. The Packers are running the ball at an impressive clip, averaging 5.0 yards per carry on the ground while amassing 1,189 total yards (fifth-best in the league). Leading the way are old Eagles killer James Starks and rookie Eddie Lacy.
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“They’re two really big backs, and they’re downhill runners, and they’re physical, and it’s going to take a lot of guys to get them down,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “Very, very rarely is one guy getting to them. They’re running through arm tackles. I think you’ve got to get 11 guys to the ball.”
With Rodgers out this week with a fractured collarbone, Green Bay should rely on its two-headed rushing attack even more. The Eagles may decide to stack the box to stop the run and dare backup quarterback Seneca Wallace to beat them through the air, something he couldn’t do last week against Chicago.
“You always have a plan for their passing attack, and you don't know what's coming at you,” Davis said. “It could be three wides the whole game like they do more with Aaron. You don't know what's coming at you, other than the base offense, and then whatever they feel Seneca does the best, along with their other weapons. And they've got their share of weapons. The running backs are really playing well.”
The defense is toeing the company line as well. The game plan isn’t changing no matter who is under center.
“I don’t see it as a break,” cornerback Cary Williams said of not facing Rodgers. “I see it as an opportunity for us to win a football game. Their offense is a little different, but I don’t think they’re going to change anything.”