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Cheese Curds 11/24: Packers' running game and run defense are on the rise

Who will start at running back on Thursday is not yet decided, but Green Bay's run D is playing much better over the past two weeks.

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Eddie Lacy or James Starks?

The Green Bay Packers have gone back and forth with their running backs over the past several weeks, but with Lacy having the hot hand, there's a good chance that he has earned back the starting job for the Packers. His good running helped the Packers to their best rushing day in over a month, as they finally got back in the win column against the Vikings.

Meanwhile, the run defense was stellar on Sunday, holding the second-best rushing attack in the NFL to under 100 yards. In fact, Minnesota came into the game with at least 140 yards on the ground in their previous four contests (all wins), so keeping that phase of their offense in check was key to Green Bay coming out with a victory.

Here are some examinations of the Packers running game, as well as a look at the challenges facing the Packers and the other teams that play this Thursday.

Short turnaround for Thanksgiving game presents challenge |
Fans love it, players hate it. It's the way it works with Thanksgiving football. The Packers, however, will have another Thursday game the following week, which should make for a couple of slow Sundays for Green Bay fans.

Subbing in JC Tretter was seamless |
No practice snaps necessary - Tretter came in, handled the protection calls, and blocked well, ensuring that the Packers' offense didn't miss a beat.

Matthews, Clinton-Dix spark run defense |
Believe it or not, the Packers have allowed fewer than 100 yards on the ground in five of their ten games this season.

Datone Jones makes impact in new role on Green Bay Packers' defense - ESPN
Jones' two sacks made a huge impact, while Mike Daniels had a couple of big plays in the running game as well.

Packers back to Square One in naming a starting running back |
If you're going based on recent success, Eddie Lacy should get the call - his 22-carry, 100-yard day was by far his best of the season.

The NFL's concussion protocol failed Case Keenum. Who do we blame? -
Everybody messed this up. Despite all the precautions and responsibilities put in place, nobody took Keenum out of the game, which was ridiculous.