Losing Eddie Lacy and James Starks to injuries could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Packers. Their absences, plus Don Jackson’s hand injury, forced the Packers to turn to Ty Montgomery as their main rushing threat in Week 7. He responded with 60 yards on nine carries, plus 10 receptions for 66 yards. Then, without Montgomery in Week 8, Green Bay almost bailed on the run entirely—Aaron Rodgers actually led the way with 60 yards; fullback Aaron Ripkowski added 34.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy has been criticized for his team’s vanilla passing scheme, one that has hindered Aaron Rodgers the past two seasons. While being forced by those injuries into more of a mix-and-match approach, though, the Packers have been able to create more space for their playmakers. A healthy Montgomery could be the key piece, but there suddenly is a light at the end of the tunnel regardless. 

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