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Cheese Curds, 12/14: Packers' running game explodes under McCarthy's direction

Was it the playcaller or just better execution that led to Green Bay's impressive rushing performance on Sunday?

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It appears we can put to rest the concerns about Eddie Lacy.

After taking back playcalling duties this week, Mike McCarthy used his big back early and often, sprinkled in a heavy dose of James Starks, and helped the Green Bay Packers rack up 230 yards on the ground as they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 28-7 on Sunday. Of course, it's easy to praise the playcaller in this instance, but one player says that the resurgence was less about the man behind the mic and more about the team executing the plays that were called.

Whatever the cause, having the running game as productive as it has been all season is an exciting sight for Packers fans, and will bode well for the offense down the stretch this season.

McCarthy-Lacy looks like a winning combination |
After weighing the impact on his assistant coaches, Mike McCarthy took back playcalling duties because it was the right thing to do for this year's team. It resulted in a rushing explosion against a Dallas defense that had allowed fewer than 100 yards on the ground in three of its past four games.

Aaron Rodgers says it was about execution |
Then again, was it playcalling or was it execution? The offensive line had one of its best games in a long time, and that set the tone for the running backs.

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Both running backs deserve kudos for their big days, while the run defense should be embarrassed about the two long runs that they allowed to Darren McFadden.

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Along those lines, we have a few other names to praise, but the Packers' starting outside linebacker tandem certainly did not put in good performances.

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No Sam Shields? No problem, as Damarious Randall shadowed Dez Bryant for the rest of the game and didn't allow him to catch a pass.

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