Packers OC Joe Philbin said he wouldn't place all the blame on the offensive line for the rushing numbers, but he said in a lot of cases the negative runs come when there is penetration and a running back has to change his course.
Last year, Philbin said, about 13% of the team's runs resulted in zero or fewer yards. He didn't know the exact number this year, but he said it was well above that.
"The other day it was penetration, whether it was the three-technique a couple times, the end a couple times," Philbin said of the Giants game. "It wasn't all the line's fault. But it's the penetration (that causes the problem). That's the culprit we see."
It's unlikely the Packers will get leading rusher James Starks (ankle) back this week after he missed a second straight day of practice. He said his ankle was feeling better, but coach Mike McCarthy said he would not play if he didn't practice Friday.
It appears Ryan Grant and Brandon Saine will split the work out of the Green Bay backfield against a less-than-stellar Raiders rush defense.