Packers can win without Rodgers

Running game is strong enough to carry Green Bay while he's out

Updated: November 5, 2013, 10:17 AM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

Eddie Lacy Benny Sieu/USA TODAY SportsThe Packers will be relying more on Eddie Lacy for as long as Aaron Rodgers is out.

In pondering the potential impact of Aaron Rodgers' injury on the Green Bay Packers' 2013 season, it is helpful to remember teams such as the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers and 1990 New York Giants. Both of those clubs lost a top-flight quarterback for long periods of time but were still able to contend for -- and, in the Giants' case, win -- a Super Bowl title.

One primary reason those teams were able to overcome the quarterback injury is they were able to lean heavily on a powerful rushing attack. This thought should give the Packers plenty of hope in their playoff quest because the game tape and metrics indicate the green and gold's ground game is already quite strong and is trending toward reaching elite-caliber status.