The Stat Line Of The Night – 1/9/11 – James Starks
Aaron Rodgers may have accounted for all three of Green Bay’s touchdowns during yesterday afternoon’s 21-16 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, but it is another member of the Packers’ offense that should be credited with keeping the Eagles defense off-balance throughout the entire 60 minutes of the game.
Heading into their Wild Card match-up in Philadelphia, several questions surrounded the Packers’ ability to establish a running game. Those questions would be answered, courtesy of the little known James Starks. The rookie running back out of Buffalo received only 29 rushing attempts all season, but he was handed the rock 23 times on Sunday, accumulating 123 yards in his first ever playoff appearance. Starks did fail to record a touchdown, but his 5.3 yards per carry were enough to keep the chains moving for the Pack, and keep Michael Vick and the dangerous Eagles offense on the sidelines.
It is no secret that the passing game is the strength of the Packers’ offense, but an ability to establish the running game may very well be the key to their playoff success. Starks was able to get their rushing attack going yesterday afternoon, and as a result he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, January 9, 2011.