Bengals hope to ground resurgent Packers ground game

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Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) rushes with the football during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Green Bay Packers are coming off an impressive week, highlighted by their first 100-yard rushing performance in nearly three years. That led to running back James Starks earning the starting job for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after Starks entered the 2013 season firmly on the roster bubble with the additions of Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin.

Stepping in place of the injured Lacy, Starks rushed for 132 yards on 20 carries in Sunday’s 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins, giving the Packers their first 100-yard rusher since Brandon Jackson on Oct. 10, 2010, as well as their first win of the 2013 NFL season.

Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer knows that despite the aerial assault the Packers are capable of, stopping the run will be key to getting a victory on Sunday:

“We were pretty physical in the running game (Monday night),” said Zimmer. “So if we can continue that and keep making teams one-dimensional, that helps.”

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