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Cheese Curds, 12/20: Packers' offense looks balanced after Montgomery's emergence

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Green Bay found balance that nobody knew they had on Sunday, and rushed for more yards than in any other game in the last calendar year.

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Through 59 minutes of the game on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers' offense was doing something almost unheard of for this team in recent years - they had gained more yards on the ground than through the air. Although Aaron Rodgers' 60-yard bomb to Jordy Nelson gave the passing game a 252 to 226 advantage in yardage over the rushing totals, the Packers averaged just under 10 yards per carry for the game.

Most of those numbers belonged to Ty Montgomery, who has suddenly become a game-breaking (and tackle-breaking) star in the making. Furthermore, it still is a bit astounding that it took this long for Mike McCarthy to give him more than 10 carries. Now Monty's two biggest games in terms of total yards from scrimmage and total touches have come in this year's two Bears games - he had 9 carries for 60 yards and 10 receptions for 66 in the teams' week 7 matchup.

With the Packers playing a struggling Vikings defense this week who just gave up 161 rushing yards to the Indianapolis Colts, expect another heavy dose of #88 on Saturday.

Packers focused on 'what's right in front' | Packers.com
With a short week before Saturday's game, the Packers have one less day to recover before their game against the Vikings. However, the injuries to Lane Taylor and T.J. Lang do not appear to be significant concerns.

Green Bay Packers' Ty Montgomery turns into tackle-breaking back - ESPN
Montgomery's stiff-arm has become a devastating weapon as he gets to the edge. His 162-yard day included 98 yards after contact, including his entire 61-yard run in the first half.

Packers should give Montgomery bigger load | PFF
Sam Monson identified Montgomery as a better candidate to be a running back than a receiver back when he was drafted last season, and he looks prescient now. I agree with Sam - it's time for Monty to start getting 20 or more touches in each game.

Healthy, productive and 'lively,' Jordy Nelson finds his happy, demonstrative place - ESPN
Nelson had always been a relatively quiet person, but this year he is much more prone to wearing his emotions on his sleeve during his return to form.

Cook becoming dangerous third-down option | Packersnews.com
Finally, Jared Cook is contributing in big ways for this Packers offense - he caught six passes on Sunday, including two big plays on the opening drive that moved the chains on third down.

Jordan Reed ejected for throwing punch vs. Panthers - NFL.com
This was the dumbest part of Monday night's game, but the Packers moved into the 6th spot in the playoffs thanks to Carolina's win.

Ezekiel Elliott's Salvation Army TD celebration led to a huge spike in donations - SBNation.com
If this had happened with some corporate sponsor, then it would be easy to criticize Elliott, but there have been a lot of additional donations to the Salvation Army this week as a result of his celebration on Sunday night.