James Starks became the first Green Bay Packers running back in 44 straight contests to rush for over 100 yards in a single game. Make no mistake about it this is a huge storyline for the Packers in Week 2, even with quarterback Aaron Rodgers tying a franchise-record for passing yards in a single game.
Overall, it was a massive victory for Green Bay as they dominated the Washington Redskins in every facet of the game. Offense, defense and special teams all looked solid. Even with so much to talk about, it is Starks who must have the spotlight on him.
Starter Eddie Lacy suffered a concussion in the first quarter after his first carry of the game. It was unfortunate because Lacy ran with authority, a run that reached 10 yards. His inability to return gave Starks a solid opportunity to show everyone that he deserves more touches this season than the Packers were probably going to give him.
Starks ran for 132 yards on 20 carries (6.6 yards per run) and one touchdown. He also hauled in four receptions for 36 yards.
Obviously, Rodgers will get the game ball and deservedly so. With that being said, Starks deserves an honorable mention considering what he was able to accomplish without knowing he would get 20 touches against the Redskins. With Lacy’s availability up in the air next week, it is good to know Green Bay’s running game should be in good hands. Even if the Packers will be facing a tougher run defense in the Cincinnati Bengals.