GREEN BAY, Wis. There was an emphasis on running the ball all week in practice. Packers coach Mike McCarthy was searching for a way to get the ground game working after consecutive weeks of Alex Green struggling to provide the offense with the balance that it needed to be successful.
Though Green hadn't been getting the job done by himself, the trio of he, James Starks and wide receiver Randall Cobb provided Green Bay with its best rushing performance in more than three years. In the Packers' 31-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the team finished with 176 yards on the ground, the most since Week 7 of the 2009 season.
"That's the way you want to run the ball," McCarthy said. "I was very pleased with the rushing effort."
Starks led the way with 61 yards on 17 attempts (3.6 average), Green had 53 yards on 11 carries (4.8 average) and Cobb ran the ball out of the backfield three times for 29 yards. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers also scrambled five times ...