The Green Bay Packers' offense is transforming into a one of the most balanced attacks in the NFL.
That fact should scare opponents.
Not only is Aaron Rodgers playing at an MVP level, sans three of his top targets, but Eddie Lacy has provided a pounding running game that can grind out yards. Toss in the return of running back James Starks and the Packers have a thunder-and-thunder duo they can unleash on defenses.
The running game allows the Packers to control the ball and dictate the pace of the game.
In Sunday night's thumping of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers scored every time they touched the ball. Five of the nine possessions were nine plays or more. They started the game with two drives of a combined 31 plays that ate 15:48 off the clock.
"I got the chance to watch (the offense) a lot today," cornerback Tramon Williams said with a laugh, per the Green Bay Press Gazette. "It was great. That's what you want, the offense to possess the clock, move the ball, score."
Prior to this season, an opponent's main hope in slowing the Packers' offense was to go after Rodgers and force him into a couple quick possessions to turn momentum.
With the newfound running game, that task becomes exponentially more difficult.