McCarren: Packers running game, new tackle carried day against Vikings
GREEN BAY - On a day where the Minnesota Vikings' running game went wild with Adrian Peterson, it was the Green Bay Packers' own running game that keyed the team's 23-14 win.
"They ran the ball more than they threw it," explained Newsradio 620 WTMJ Packers color commentator and TODAY'S TMJ4/NBC26 reporter Larry McCarren on "Wisconsin's Morning News."
The Packers ran the ball for 152 yards on the day, the team's second-best output of 2012.
"You don't do that very often from this particular edition of the Green Bay Packers. (With) 150+ yards, (the Vikings) had to respect the running game. That helps immeasurably."
So did the emergence of Don Barclay at offensive tackle after the injury to T.J. Lang.
"It might not have been the prettiest, but I fought my butt off," said Barclay to TODAY'S TMJ4's Jessie Garcia.
"He did respectably well," commented McCarren. "A good kid that's gonna work real hard and bring his lunch bucket to work....he wasn't overwhelmed."
"He wasn't perfect, but did well. It didn't go to mush when it came to executing his own fundamentals. I was impressed with him."
The Packers, and most of the football world, was impressed with the rushing performance of all-world running back Adrian Peterson.
He produced 210 yards on the ground Sunday.
"He's something else," said McCarren.
"Even Packers fans...say 'I really like watching the guy even though he's doing well against the Packers. He's that good.' He's a special, special running back...with him, you want to make him earn every (yard)...you've got to get him on the ground. The guy is a once-in-a-generation type player."