Will Packers run game heat up?


It took until after Thanksgiving, but a Packer not named Aaron Rodgers scored a rushing touchdown Monday night! 

“It’s exciting of course,” said fullback Aaron Ripkowski, who scored the aforementioned rushing TD. “Anytime you score is a lot of fun, and anytime anyone else scores it’s a lot of fun. I get just about the same feeling anytime we are scoring as an offense.” 

“I don’t think anyone is going to look at that one touchdown and say, ‘hey now they can run the ball in the red zone!’” Rodgers said. “I think there’s not going to be a lot of that going on. We are still going to see the same coverages and nobody is going to overreact, I don’t think, to us finally getting a non-quarterback rushing touchdown.” 

The fact is Packers red zone offense has been better of late but still ranks middle-of-the-pack on the season scoring touchdowns only 54 percent of the time. So the next step? 

“We will look forward to someone named something other than Aaron maybe getting a touchdown this week!” Rodgers said. 

The packers do have a running back with 6 touchdowns this year, but he has only 1 carry since joining Green Bay 2 weeks ago.  

Christine Michael’s talents have not yet been tested. And Ty Montgomery — plus the aforementioned Ripkowski — have seen reduced roles since the return of James Starks. 

“We need to roll (running backs) in there better,” said coach Mike McCarthy. “James got a lot of opportunities last week, but Ty Montgomery deserves more opportunities and I definitely want to get Christine Michael more opportunities. We have to find a healthy flow there. It really all depends on how we decide to play the game, as far as no huddle, huddle, and this and that.” 

The Packers have options, we will see how many they get to use against the Texans on Sunday, Dave Schroeder, action 2 sports.