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With seven weeks behind us on the 2018 NFL schedule Mike Daniels Jersey , we are starting to learn which teams across the NFC are capable of contending and which are afterthoughts. For now, the conference has exactly six teams that are over .500, making it easy to set up the playoff picture as it would stand today. However, all but three teams in the NFC are still in serious contention, with 13 teams within a game of .500 and in striking distance of the Green Bay Packers.Green Bay currently sits in the sixth spot after week seven’s results, which saw the lead flip in the NFC North thanks to a Bears loss and a Vikings victory. Here is how things currently sit.Division LeadersLos Angeles Rams, 7-0 (NFC West)New Orleans Saints, 5-1 (NFC South)Washington, 4-2 (NFC East)Minnesota Vikings, 4-2-1 (NFC North)The Packers get the unfortunate draw of facing the unbeaten Rams this week. Los Angeles continued their trampling of their opponents thus far in week seven with a 39-10 victory over the hapless 49ers, who had pushed the Packers to the brink of defeat at Lambeau Field a week earlier. The rest of the divisional leaders also won on Sunday, with the Saints escaping overtime thanks to a missed PAT by Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker.Wild Cards5. Carolina Panthers, 4-26. Green Bay Packers, 3-2-1If the Packers had beaten the Vikings instead of tying them, Green Bay would have the division lead at 4-2 and would sit in the fourth spot thanks to a head-to-head loss to Washington. Minnesota would then be in the sixth position at 4-3.Just OutsideChicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks — all 3-3Dallas Cowboys Jason Spriggs Jersey White , Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons — all 3-4Atlanta’s win over the Giants on Monday night got them back in a position where they might be able to contend for a playoff spot, sitting just one game back of even and matching the Packers in the win column. A whopping eight teams in the conference — fully half — have three wins at present.Out of ContentionNew York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals — all 1-6Bad. These teams are just bad and won’t be in the running this season. It’s a race for the top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft at this point. In 2018, the Green Bay Packers’ running backs as a whole had a fairly solid season as receivers. The team’s three primary running backs — a group whose numbers dropped to two after Brian Gutekunst traded Ty Montgomery — all had good if unspectacular seasons catching the football, and combined they made for a respectable group. Each of the three finished the season with over receiving 150 yards as Packers, and the stats break down as follows:Jamaal Williams: 41 targets, 27 receptions (65.9% catch rate), 210 yards (7.8 Y/R), no TDsAaron Jones: 35 targets, 26 receptions (74.3%), 206 yards (7.9 Y/R), 1 TDTy Montgomery: 23 targets, 15 receptions (65.2%), 170 yards (11.3 Y/R), no TDsGreen Bay also had two other backs with catches: Kapri Bibbs (three for 13 yards) and fullback Danny Vitale (one for two yards). In total, the team’s backs caught 72 passes for 601 yards Womens Bryan Bulaga Jersey , which was good for 8.35 yards per reception and a catch rate of 67.9%.With Mike McCarthy fired and Matt LaFleur on board as the team’s next head coach, it’s worth a look at LaFleur’s history to see how his offenses have used the running back position as receivers. He has been a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator in the NFL since 2010 (excluding a one-year stint as QBs coach at Notre Dame in 2014), and in that time, the signal-callers he has worked with have almost always had great success throwing to their backs, and generally one back has become the go-to player in that role.Take a look at the 2018 Titans, for example. They are a team that has a somewhat similar running back breakdown to the Packers: both teams have a big, physical runner (Derrick Henry/Jamaal Williams) and a smaller, more elusive and explosive player (Dion Lewis/Aaron Jones). The players’ skill sets are not exact comparisons, of course — Williams is a much better receiver than Henry, Lewis has shown to be a better receiver than Jones so far, and Jones is a more explosive runner than Lewis — but the comparisons are reasonable.In 2018, Tennessee threw 85 passes to their tailbacks, 21 fewer than the Packers did. However, a large number of those targets — 67 — went to Lewis, who caught 59 of them for 400 yards and one score. Henry picked up the other 18 targets, catching 15 for 99 yards. It was not a huge performance as a team, but a 500-yard receiving season between two players on a team that finished with 2,975 total passing yards is still respectable. In addition Womens Aaron Jones Jersey , their combined 87% catch rate suggests that LaFleur was scheming to get these players the ball quickly and in space to let them make good things happen in the open field.However, we can go back a bit further and find truly exceptional receiving numbers from LaFleur’s backfields. The 2017 Rams and the 2015-16 Falcons had more explosive receiving numbers from their backs, although that is also a function of having players of Todd Gurley’s and Devonta Freeman’s caliber. Still, one can see these teams feeding a primary running back the ball frequently out of the backfield. Here are the top receiving back’s numbers from those teams:Todd Gurley (2017 Rams): 87 targets, 64 receptions (73.6% catch rate), 788 yards (12.3 Y/R), 6 TDsDevonta Freeman (2016 Falcons): 65 targets, 54 receptions (83.1%), 462 yards (8.6 Y/R), 2 TDsFreeman (2015): 97 targets, 73 receptions (75.3%), 578 yards (7.9 Y/R), 3 TDsThe 2015 and 2017 teams referenced here had no real secondary targets out of the backfield. However, the 2016 Falcons may provide a good blueprint for the Packers’ potential in 2019. That year, Atlanta had a second excellent receiving back in Tevin Coleman, who caught another 31 balls for 421 yards and three scores. That brought the total up to nearly 900 combined receiving yards between the two players, almost 18 percent of Matt Ryan’s total for that season.In Washington, the numbers were less impressive Womens Reggie White Jersey , but so were the personnel. Still, Roy Helu proved to be consistent and productive, averaging 50 targets, 40 receptions, and 315 yards in two full seasons as that team’s primary receiving back.The Packers could be on track for a similar breakdown to that Falcons duo from 2016. Williams has proven to be an adept receiver in multiple ways, picking up big plays on screens, throws in the flat, and wheel routes down field. Jones is on the record saying he wants to improve his receiving abilities for 2019, and those skills were already identified as a strength of his prior to his selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. He did not demonstrate it much as a rookie, but his 2018 showed significant glimpses of his ability, perhaps best illustrated by his lone touchdown through the air:Using Jones more as a receiver, combined with an even heavier dose of zone-blocking that plays to his great vision and cutback ability, should help him continue to develop into a top-flight starting running back. Meanwhile, Williams’ ability to pass-protect and catch the football, as well as the impressive elusiveness and cutback skills he displayed late in 2018, should make him a very good number two option in LaFleur’s scheme.In short, it’s a good day to be a Packers running back.