Regular refs' return helps Packers pick up pace

Updated: October 1, 2012, 11:45 AM ET
Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The regular officials' return to the NFL could boost the Green Bay Packers' offense in a small but important way.

The regular refs are able to spot the ball and keep play moving in a more timely fashion than the replacements were, allowing the Packers to use a fast-paced tempo that can get Aaron Rodgers in rhythm and unsettle opposing defenses.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy went into the season wanting to use a lot of no-huddle. But it simply wasn't as effective when ...

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