The Green Bay Packers (3-5) main focus for weeks has been elevating the passing game. They were inactive during the trade deadline and are stuck with who they got.

Even with players like WR Romeo Doubs getting the heavy load in the passing game from Aaron Rodgers, it isn’t enough. Enough to stop the changing of fortunes facing Green Bay.

However, in last week’s late comeback loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Packers found the source. The one aspect of their offense that is going to give them the best chance to compete for the playoffs: the running game. Rushing for over 200 yards in a game for the second time all season.

On the season, the Packers have had to abandon the run or all together abandoned it in order to get the passing game going, in order to appease Rodgers.

All while on the season, the combination of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillion has 930 rushing yards through eight games. In fact, the team overall averages 4.9 yards per carry on the season. Tenth best in the league.

How does this affect their playoff chances? Their remaining schedule is VERY susceptible to a strong, effective rushing attack.

  • Detroit Lions (twice): sixth worst against the run. Allowing 5.0 yards per carry.
  • Chicago Bears: second worst against the run. Allowing 5.1 yards per carry.
  • Dallas Cowboys: seventh worst against the run. Allowing 4.7 yards per carry.
  • Miami Dolphins: 10th best run defense. Allowing 4.2 yards per carry.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: ninth best run defense. Allowing 5.1 yards per carry.
  • Minnesota Vikings: sixth best run defense. Allowing 4.2 yards per carry.
  • LA Rams: fifth best run defense. Allowing 4.3 yards per carry.
  • Tennessee Titans: league’s best run defense. Allowing 4.2 yards per carry.

The Green Bay Packers have eclipsed 200 yards rushing twice one the season, going for 199 against the New England Patriots. Going 2-1 in those games with a +10 in points scored.

Simply put is the Packers need to take the ball out of Aaron’s (Rodgers) hands and put it in Aaron’s (Jones) hands more.

Defenses are struggling to stop the run across the league this season and if the Packers want to take advantage of an overall weak NFC, they will follow the pattern.

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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