Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Considering that Cedric Benson has only been a member of the Packers for a little over a week, it probably would have been considered a positive performance as long as he didn't fumble. Benson, however, went above and beyond the call of duty when facing his former team on Thursday.
With six carries for 36 yards, Benson showed he could actually be a weapon in the Packers' offense in 2012 and not just play a supporting role. By averaging 6.3 yards per carry, a better debut couldn't have been expected.
After playing most of his career in a one-back system, Benson showed good awareness by following his lead blocker when there was a fullback or H-back in front of him. Furthermore, he made one-step cutbacks with ease.
Benson also had one catch for 10 yards, making a shifty move on the defender by turning his back and immediately turning upfield.
It was only one game, and it's difficult to put too much stock into what amounted to just a couple dozen snaps, but in the matter of one game, the Packers' running game looks like it could be in its best shape in years.