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James Starks leapfrogs Eddie Lacy as Green Bay Packers starting running back

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The Green Bay Packers are a pretty damn good team, this is not a surprise to anyone.

Two-Loss Streak

However, there is a reason why a team that has Aaron Rodgers as its starting quarterback has lost two games in a row, and it isn't the fault of the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player.

The Packers are struggling on defense and in their run game. And it seems that head coach Mike McCarthy is finally making a big change to one of those two weaknesses, as he has named James Starks the team's new starting running back.


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Starks Starting

Packers coach McCarthy told reporters today that the offense now views the impressive Starks, and not Eddie Lacy, as the top back heading into their game against the Detroit Lions this Sunday.

“I would say James is our No. 1 back right now going into Detroit,” McCarthy said, via ProFootballTalk. “He’s earned that opportunity. We’ll stay with a 1-2 punch.”

Heading into this season, Lacy was regarded as one of the best young running backs in the entire National Football League. This situation happening would have seemed implausible at the start of the season. 

Lacy's Struggles

But, Lacy's fall from grace has been so spectacular that this course of actions is incredibly justified. The former Alabama star has had just 20 carries in the last three games combined, but he has still failed to impress when he does get the ball.

Against the Carolina Panthers last weekend, Lacy managed just ten yards on five rushing attempts. He also fumbled on one of those attempts. Still, that was better than he managed against the Chargers in week six where he finished with three yards on four carries. 

In that same game against San Diego, Starks managed 112 yards on just ten attempts, while also grabbing a touchdown. 

Ultimately, this was an easy decision for the Packers to make. The only shock is that it didn't happen sooner.

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