Since Mike McCarthy became head coach in 2006, the best year the Packers had running the ball was in 2009, when the team finished 14th in the NFL in rushing. That year, Ryan Grant gained 1,253 yards, which was the second straight season in which Grant rushed for over 1,000 yards.
It's early in 2013, but the Packers are currently ranked 11th in rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 128 yards a game. The Pack is also averaging a robust 5.3 yards per carry.
Both James Starks and Johnathan Franklin have rushed for over 100 yards in 2013 while the team's most talented running back, Eddie Lacy, is expected back to face the Lions in Week 5 after missing the Week 3 game against the Bengals because of a concussion.
Starks hurt his knee versus the Bengals, had a MRI this week and is awaiting the results. Franklin hurt his foot in the same game, but his injury is not considered serious.
Why the success running the ball? The offensive line has been blocking very effectively. The Packers have had success toting the rock on the inside behind left guard Josh Sitton, center Evan Dietrich-Smith and right guard T.J. Lang, and also on the outside behind left tackle David Bakhtiari and right tackle Don Barclay.