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Benson said his timing with the offensive line is coming around.

“I think we’re there now,” Benson said. “I think you’re going to see a lot of progression.”

Benson hardly took all the blame this week, as Packers offensive linemen acknowledged that they have to do a better job up front.

“The line’s got to be better, getting movement and opening those holes up,” right guard Josh Sitton said. “It was limited run snaps (Sunday), we got down and had to throw the ball. We’re used to that. So when we do have those opportunities, we’ve got to take advantage of them.”

But Sitton said the team also is looking for more out of its running backs, saying, “It’s our job to move the defensive linemen out of the way. I think we need to improve on that, and I think the running backs need to improve hitting the holes and knowing which holes to hit and where to bounce certain runs and where not to.”

Rodgers said better production in the running game _ meaning more effective runs, not necessarily more running plays _ will help open up the Packers‘ downfield passing game.

“We’ve got to do a better job,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s about making sure those runs are having more yards per attempt. The number of runs is not quite as important as making sure those runs are quality runs. That’s going to help us loosen things up a little bit in the back end. When teams are giving us six-man box against our sub personnel, we’ve got to be able to run the football.”


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