Posted September 15, 2013

James Starks becomes first Packer to rush for more than 100 yards since 2010

Green Bay Packers, NFC East, NFC North, Washington Redskins
James Starks rumbled for 132 yards against the Redskins.

James Starks rumbled for 132 yards against the Redskins. (Mike Roemer/AP)

The Green Bay Packers have won 36 regular-season games and lost just 13 since the start of the 2010 season despite the lack of any consistent run game. In three of the last six games of the 2010 regular season — the year Green Bay won the Super Bowl — quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the team’s leading rusher. And the last time the Packers had a player run for more than 100 yards in a game? Well, that was Oct. 10, 2010, when Brandon Graham gained 115 yards on 10 carries in a 16-13 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins.

The Packers faced the Redskins again on Sunday, and again, Green Bay got a 100-yard rushing performance. it took 44 regular-season games in-between, but backup running back James Starks ran 20 times for 132 yards against Washington’s worrisome defense in a 38-20 win. This after starting back Eddie Lacy, who the Packers drafted in 2013 to gain some traction in their ground game, was concussed by Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather. Starks came in the game and not only got things rolling on the ground, but also managed to boot Meriweather from the game with a hit of his own. No doubt Starks and Meriweather will both be hearing from the league this week, but Packers head coach Mike McCarthy will certainly take the result.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that Rodgers was absolutely unconscious in this game, completing of 42 passes for 480 yards and four touchdowns. Rodgers had 335 passing yards at the half, and looked to be in range of the NFL’s single-game passing yardage record of 554 yards set by Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams in 1951.

But it didn’t matter in the end, because Washington’s defense was porous for the second straight week, and an offense led by a still-balky Robert Griffin III couldn’t put any points on the board until the game was well out of reach. In the fourth quarter, Starks ran seven times to Rodgers’ six passing attempts, and the Packers kept the ball for 9:24 of the final 15 minutes.

As for the Redskins, they have to take a step back and worry about two stats: 0-2 (their record right now), and 1,023 — the number of yards their defense has allowed in those two games.

And now, they’ve allowed this little bit of history, per Paul Imig of FOX Sports Wisconsin:

 

4 comments
Ordos762
Ordos762

Mr. Farrar I am not sure how you hold a writing job with such blatant inaccuracies and misguided observations.  I do not know how you confused Brandon Jackson with Brandon Graham.  I am not sure what led you to the conclusion that James Stark's will be hearing from the league when he protected himself from Meriweather leading with his helmet ... for a second time ... but I would love to hear your explanations on it because from an outside observer ... they make zero sense.

FalKONZ
FalKONZ

Alrighty Doug, some friendly advice.  It's Brandon Jackson, not Graham.  Also, PRETTY sure Starks won't be hearing from the league for the play in which Meriweather knocked himself out.  All Starks did was brace for impact and Meriweather once again speared a runner with the crown of his helmet.  Do you even watch these games before you write about them?  "Rodgers completing [34] of 42 passes for 480 yards..."  It was painful reading this article.  I expect much better from SI

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Lord knows how the Washington Post will respond to this one. The base spaniel fawning over Griffin is an ongoing embarrassment. That's no criticism of RGIII, he can't help it, but the city is practical worshiping him, and I am not exaggerating. I live in Annapolis and I get the Post, but I do not look forward to seeing the front page tomorrow.  Elections get less attention.