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Don’t Think Redskins Will Let It Run By

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 13, 2013 – 1:11 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

While there has been much said about the Green Bay Packers passing attack led by former Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers, their rushing attack isn’t keeping its wheel locked in the shop with snow tires on in preparation for another frigid Wisconsin winter.

Sure there might be questions about their collective productivity after a quick peruse through last week’s box score, but one game (also applicable to the Redskins) doesn’t make a season.

Regardless, there’s a very interesting stat involving the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers rushing attack.

Each week, NFL.com releases mind-blowing stats for the upcoming games and I had to do a double-take after seeing No. 10.

The last time the Green Bay Packers had a 100-yard rusher in the regular season was also the last time they played the Washington Redskins — Week 5, 2010. They have gone 44 consecutive games without a player reaching the century mark since Brandon Jackson rushed for 115 yards in a 16-13 loss.

That can’t be real can it? Oh but it is.

For 44 straight games the Packers haven’t seen a 100-yard mark in the rushing column from a single running back. Having said that, that doesn’t mean they have cross the century mark a time or two cooperatively and aren’t capable of sneaking up on a defense overcompensating on defending the pass.

Kedric Golston, who was a starter that day, is a sage veteran who has experienced it all. He’s seen backs burst out for200 yards and he’s personally stonewalled backs half his size for career lows. While he knows that Rodgers could probably throw for hundreds of yards in his sleep, he understands that the running game can still be cause fits if not properly gameplanned for.

“We know what they’re good at. They drafted back in the second round because they wanted to improve their running game. We know from watching film, first and second down, Aaron Rodgers and the head coach are really smart in the sense of if the pass isn’t there, they’re going to run the football and they count on their running game as a big part of it. So we obviously understand the challenges there and we don’t want them to be two dimensional. We want to stop them no matter what they do, but at the same token I think people contribute the Packers to being a passing team and they do it really well, but they really crease people in the running game.”

Fletcher echoed that sentiment. Despite playing on the same team that as “The Greatest Show on Turf” in the early stage of his career, the 16-year veteran said in his press conference Wednesday that it all starts with stopping the run.

“You still have to go into each and every game knowing that you have to stop the run, because if you are not stopping the run then you create more problems for your defense where you have to defend the run and worry about the pass. We all know how potent their passing offense is. For us, you still have to stop the run. You don’t want to get them going in the run game.”

He may or may not have plucked that quote from the brain of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett who said he is like an assistant coach during training camp.

“We always emphasize trying to stop the run,” Haslett said at his weekly press conference. “Obviously we didn’t do a very good job last week, but it’s one of those situations that, you don’t want to give every team the situation where they can do both. You have to take something away.”

CHIME IN: While slightly overlooked, how do you think the run D will do against rookie Eddie Lacy and Co. on Sunday? 

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