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Cheese Curds: 12/10: Eddie Lacy looks to retake Packers' starting job, Jake Ryan impresses early

While the starting running back job is still a question mark this week, an embattled runner has plenty of past success against this week's opponent to fall back on.

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Though the Green Bay Packers have made the decision to make a change at one starting spot on their defense, the running back position remains a major question mark this week. Eddie Lacy's issues with "losing track of time" in the team hotel in Detroit put him in a bad spot last week, but as the team prepares for the Dallas Cowboys he is looking to recapture some of the success that he has found in both of his career games against that opponent.

In 2013, Lacy helped spark a Packers' comeback in Dallas, racking up 171 total yards and a touchdown, and last year in the playoffs he hit the century mark on the ground again on just 19 carries.

Meanwhile, the player mentioned above on defense is Jake Ryan, who has gradually come along this season and is now installed as the Packers' starter next to Clay Matthews on the inside. Read on in today's curds for a look at how his transition from special teams player to starting linebacker.

Eddie Lacy talked it out with Mike McCarthy |
The head coach said his running back needs to "back up what we discussed," while Lacy said that "we had a talk...and we're moving forward." We'll have to wait until Sunday to see just what that means for the offense.

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And on that note, here's a breakdown of why each of the Packers' backs may or may not be in for a substantial workload against the Cowboys.

Packers rookie LB Jake Ryan making the right plays |
Ryan looked very good in his first start last Thursday, as his gradual insertion into the starting lineup since the Denver game has shown a player who learns quickly from his mistakes and has an excellent feel for the game and the playbook.

Packers know all about injured QB woes from loss of Rodgers |
Sympathy isn't something that exists in the NFL, but the Packers at least know what Dallas is going through without their quarterback. It's worth remembering, though, that the Packers went into Dallas with a backup quarterback and won two years ago, so they can't overlook the Cowboys on Sunday.

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Aaron Rodgers is one of the people involved in the project led by a former LSU wide receiver. The project starts filming in the spring.