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Packers' running game provides balance with QB Aaron Rodgers

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    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs toward the end zone in the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) (The Associated Press)

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    Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy looks at the scoreboard in the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Minneapolis. The Packers won 44-31. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (The Associated Press)

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    Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) rushes against Minnesota Vikings strong safety Mistral Raymond (41) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (The Associated Press)

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    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Myles White (19) rushes against Minnesota Vikings defense in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) (The Associated Press)

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    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) gets up after being sacked by Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels (76) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) (The Associated Press)

Mike McCarthy has known for a while the Green Bay Packers' running game would be in good shape.

"We'll be better, I promise you that," the Packers eighth-year head coach said in June after one offseason practice. "You can write that down. In big letters."

Seven games into the season, McCarthy's team is delivering on his promise.

After rushing for 182 yards — tying the team's season high — during Sunday night's 44-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers are averaging 141.4 yards rushing per game (fourth in the NFL) and 4.8 yards per carry (tied for third in the NFL).

Last season, the Packers averaged 106.4 yards rushing per game (No. 20 in the league) and 3.9 yards per carry (22nd in the league).

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