GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Hoping to fix his team's uncharacteristic failures on third down through the first half of the season, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has sacrificed some complexity for the sake of familiarity.
McCarthy has gradually cut back the volume of plays in his weekly game plans, focusing more on tried-and-true concepts the team has more experience running after watching too many promising drives fizzle out.
It seemed to work just fine in the Packers' last game, a 45-7 thrashing of Dallas on Nov. 7. After a bye week filled with rest and self-study, McCarthy hopes the offense will begin to look more like last year's defense-demoralizing unit that consistently converted third downs to keep drives alive.
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