Looking Back: By Numbers at Running Back

We put our unique perspective on the impact provided by rookie Eddie Lacy, not to mention James Starks, with 17 unbelievably great statistics.

A by-the-numbers look at the Green Bay Packers' running backs.

.875: Eddie Lacy's touchdown percentage on runs inside the 3-yard line, according to STATS, tops in the league. He punched it in on 7-of-8 carries.

2.4: Yards per carry when Lacy went beyond 20 carries. That was the worst in the league (among backs with 30 attempts in that situation).

3: Touchdown runs of at least 20 yards by James Starks. Only Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy had more with four.

4.2: Yards per carry on Lacy's first 10 carries of a game.

4.5: Yards per carry on Lacy's 11th through 20th carries of a game.

5.53: The league-leading yards-per-carry of Arizona's Andre Ellington.

5.54: Yards per carry by Starks, who carried 89 times for 493 yards. It took 100 carries to be considered among the league leaders.

6: Carries of at least 20 yards by Starks. That's one for every 14.83 carries. Ellington led the league with one for every 14.75 carries. Of the running backs with more 20-yard runs than Starks, Buffalo's C.J. Spiller was the best with one for every 22.44 carries.

7: Career playoff touchdowns by John Kuhn, second only to Antonio Freeman (14) in franchise history.

11: Rushing touchdowns by Lacy, shattering the franchise rookie record of six set by Samkon Gado in 2005.

33: Total missed tackles out of 364 carries by the Packers' backfield in 2012, according to ProFootballFocus.com.

56: Missed tackles forced by Lacy out of 284 carries, according to ProFootballFocus.com. That was fourth in the league. Marshawn Lynch led the league by a mile with 75, with Lacy narrowly trailing Adrian Peterson (58) and McCoy (57).

58: First downs gained on the ground by all of the Packers' running backs in 2012.

61: First downs gained on the ground by Lacy.

279: Consecutive carries without a fumble by Lacy since his Week 1 fumble at San Francisco. That was the longest streak in the league this season, and only McCoy (one fumble, 314 attempts) had a better rate. Every running back in the league with at least 166 carries fumbled at least once.

647: Rushing yards after contact by Lacy, according to ProFootballFocus.com. The entire Packers backfield had 747 yards last season.

725: Rushing yards by Lacy on first down, second only to McCoy's 740. The Packers didn't even have a 725-yard rusher over the previous three seasons.


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