Fragile Ground: Packers Win in Spite of Running Woes

Posted: 14th September 2009 by Tom Davis in NFL
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The three most important stats from the Packers-Bears game on Sunday night: 1. The Packers' defense held Chicago's offense to 13 points. 2. The Packers were plus-4 in turnover margin. 3. The Bears' most powerful offensive force, halfback Matt Forte, was held to 55 yards on 25 carries, an average of 2.2 yards a carry. When those three stats are taken into account, this question arises: why did a team that did so well defensively need a game-winning 50-yard touchdown in the final two minutes? The answer lies on the offensive end. In my article, I'm going to talk specifically about the ground game, which, with the exception of one quality series in the second half, left much to be desired. The stat line for Ryan Grant: 16 carries for 61 yards (a 3.8 yards per carry average) and a touchdown. O ...

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