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Cheese Curds, 11/11: Packers’ offense clicks behind run game & healthy Davante Adams

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In Adams’ second game back from injury, the offense figured out the right way to balance his usage with that of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.

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The Green Bay Packers are 8-2, in second place in the NFC, and a legitimate Super Bowl contender. That was the message that the team delivered on Sunday against a tough Carolina Panthers team desperate for a victory to put themselves in position for a playoff spot.

And the way the Packers did it was particularly impressive. With the team facing MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey, it was the Packers’ runners who made the headlines. Aaron Jones had a huge day, with more than 90 yards and three touchdowns to lead the team, while Jamaal Williams pitched in 13 carries for 63 yards of his own. All told, it was Green Bay whose running game was the story, while McCaffrey’s lasting image from this game will be getting stuffed by Kyler Fackrell and Preston Smith on the final play of the game.

Meanwhile, Davante Adams made a clear statement that he’s back. Adams caught two long passes for 38 and 37 yards en route to a seven-catch, 118-yard performance. Somehow, Adams still has not found the end zone yet this year in his six games, but the touchdowns will surely come — and they’re coming for the team, just going to Adams instead.

With a balanced attack and a defense that continued to make some crucial stops when getting close to their own end zone, the Packers have a formula to win big games down the stretch. Now they get an off week to prepare for arguably their biggest non-divisional game of the season in two weeks against the 49ers.

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