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Packers will try again this week to keep Aaron Rodgers on his feet

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The Green Bay Packers will start practicing today for their Sunday contest against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field.

Among other things, the Packers will look for ways to keep quarterback Aaron Rodgers from hitting the ground.

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He's been sacked a league-high 37 times. And he's on pace for 74 sacks this season, two short of the league-record of 76 sacks on David Carr in 2002, when he was with Houston.

The Texans went 4-12 that year. And while the Packers are 4-4, history shows that teams who get sacked the most, lose the most.

Last year, San Francisco's quarterbacks hit the ground the most, with 55 sacks - and the 49'ers went 7-9. Detroit's QB's were sacked 52 times on the way to their 0-16 record.

Packers' quarterback coach Tom Clements says 90 percent of drives with sacks end up with no points, because it's hard to make up for the lost yardage.

Before last Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay, the Packers had not scored a touchdown on a drive in which Rodgers was sacked.

That string was finally broken when Rodgers scored on a 12-yard run after being sacked down the stretch.

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin still believes the problems can be corrected with the Packers' current blocking schemes.

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