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Twice this season head coach Mike McCarthy has made a crucial mistake by not calling for a balanced offensive attack, and both times have resulted in a Packers loss.
The first instance came in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. Out of 27 first-half offensive plays, 24 were passes, meaning the Packers ran only three running plays the entire half.
It was a waste of Cedric Benson's talents, and, even worse, it allowed the Seahawks defense to not respect the Packers run and simply pass rush with abandon. As you might remember, the Packers gave up eight first-half sacks that game.
McCarthy's error in judgement reared its ugly head this past weekend in Indianapolis once Cedric Benson was injured and left the game, and again the Packers' offensive play caller abandoned the run.
Holding a 21-3 halftime lead, the Packers opened the second half with seven consecutive pass plays spanning two separate drives. One of the drives ended in an Aaron Rodgers interception and the other a three-and-out.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a pass-heavy offense, but there is no reason McCarthy shouldn't see that neglecting the run is hurting his offense, especially when his team has a huge second-half lead and must milk the clock.