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Cheese Curds, 10/14: Packers-Cowboys will be decided on the ground and in the trenches

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Green Bay is having a tough time planning out their offense with uncertainty at running back.

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Much has been made of the battle between the Green Bay Packers' run defense and the Dallas Cowboys' rushing offense this weekend. And although one might argue that this matchup has been oversold a bit, we're going back to it again today in our Cheese Curds. However, another key battle takes place in the trenches when the Packers have the ball; Green Bay's running game has been better this year, thanks in large part to a fast start by Eddie Lacy.

However, with both Eddie Lacy and James Starks unsure of their statuses for Sunday, the Packers may need to get creative to run the football. Will Randall Cobb or Ty Montgomery get more snaps out of the backfield? Or will the Packers make a move to promote Don Jackson off the practice squad? All of those possibilities are out there, but we'll need to wait and see what takes place.

Eddie Lacy shooting for Sunday | Packers.com
Lacy is fourth in the NFL in yards per carry this season, running at a clip of 5.5. He'll be a big part of the Packers' offensive attack this week if he can indeed play.

Knee injury, death in the family keep James Starks away from Packers - ESPN
Little has been released about either of these issues for Starks, but we are hoping for the best for him and his family.

Notebook: Schum booms punts in practice | Packersnews.com
Perhaps the Packers' punter's bad game against the Giants was a wake-up call? Ron Zook was praising Schum after Thursday's practice however.

Cowboys' rookies carry team to face Packers' top-ranked rush defense - ESPN
Fascinating - the ESPN Cowboys blogger picks the Packers to win the game by four points, while the Packers blogger has Dallas winning by the same margin.

Hayward may be best free-agent signing so far | PFF
Casey Hayward has been a big-time player this year for the Chargers, and you can make the argument that the Packers made a mistake by letting him get away.

Haley defends Dez: Meetings are for struggling players - NFL.com
Charles Haley was never the most thoughtful or attentive player during his career, so why would he suggest differently to Dez Bryant?

Ben McAdoo tried to motivate the Giants with a scene from ‘Step Brothers’ - SBNation.com
How about quotes from Will Ferrell movies that sum up the seasons for a few NFL teams who have had ugly starts so far?