Production a key for Packers running game

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by Traci Neuman

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- With the reigning NFL MVP at quarterback, the Green Bay Packers are never going to be a pound-it-out, run-first operation.

Opposing defenses insist on playing their safeties deep in cover-2 schemes, a tactic meant to take away the Packers' downfield passing game while daring them to run. So the party line that the success of the Green Bay running game is measured more on the quantity of the runs than the quality is no longer valid.

Says who? That quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, who says, "Who are we kidding here? It's about the production."

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