‘Fresh start’ has sparked Lacy

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy is happy to have made a fresh start, after running all over the Dallas Cowboys last weekend.

Lacy ran for 124 yards off 24 carries in the 28-7 victory over the Cowboys and is hoping to keep up that sort of form as the Packers try to win a fifth successive NFC North title.

"After (coach Mike McCarthy) and I had that talk … it was pretty much like a fresh start," Lacy said Thursday.

"I think Eddie's put together some really good weeks," McCarthy added. "He's definitely coming off probably his best week and he needs to emulate that again this week, starting with his preparation."

Lacy has had three 100-yard games in the last four outings after struggling through the first nine weeks of the season, during which he suffered a sprained ankle in Week 2, and his output will be crucial to the Packers as they enter the business end of a tough campaign.

"It's playoff time and with the weather getting poor, you have to rely a little bit more on the run game and he's a force to contend with," associate Packers head coach Tom Clements said.

The Packers have also been keeping Lacy fresh, with back-up James Starks also playing well in the run and also the pass.

"Honestly, he's helped me through a lot even with the stuff the past weeks with me," Lacy said of Starks. "Just keeping me straight and showing me, 'I've been here for a long time. I know what you're going through."

"This is one of the best groups that I've had in terms of … being able to play either guy at any time in any situation," added running backs coach Sam Gash.