GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Eddie Lacy ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, fellow running back James Starks added two scores and the Green Bay Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-7 Sunday.
The Packers (9-4) have a one-game lead in the NFC North over Minnesota after their second straight victory.
With 435 yards and 29 first downs, Green Bay got better production out of its inconsistent offense with coach Mike McCarthy assuming play-calling duties again.
The Packers were still hampered at times by penalties and problems in short-yardage situations.
But the defense and running game came up with big plays in the fourth quarter. Dallas' touchdown came on Robert Turbin's 7-yard run midway through the third quarter to make it 14-7.
The Cowboys (4-9) suffered a setback to their chances of winning the mediocre NFC East.
Green Bay 28, Dallas 7
Lacy 1 yd TD run
Green Bay 21, Dallas 7
Starks 30 yd TD run
Green Bay 14, Dallas 7
Turbin 7 yd TD run
Sam Shields will not be playing for the rest of the game, per FOX's Erin Andrews.
Green Bay 14, Dallas 0
A. Rodgers-R. Rodgers 3 yd TD pass
Green Bay 7, Dallas 0
Rodgers-Starks 13 yd TD pass
Sam Shields was injured in the quarter. He is being evaluated for a concussion.
The odds are still not good that Corey Linsley will play with his ankle injury. He was listed as doubtful.
NFL Network reports Eddie Lacy will start at running back for the Green Bay Packers. The move comes 11 days after he missed curfew in Detroit and 10 days after him only touching the football six times in the game the next night.
For both the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, the big playoff push begins today.
These two old rivals will battle for the third time in less than two calendar years in a December or January showdown. Each time, there has been major playoff implications.
Just like today.
The Packers are 8-4, a half-game ahead of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. If they win today, win at least one of the next two games and beat Minnesota on January 3.
Dallas, at 4-8, is trying to catch up to three teams tied at 5-7 for the lead in the NFC East.
Today's' game involves two teams who are each coming off emotional, late comeback wins: the Packers with the Motown Miracle, the Cowboys with a win Monday at Washington with 17 points scored in the final few minutes.
The questions to be answered today could be numerous.
Does Green Bay continue its defensive strongsuit against a Dallas team without Tony Romo, but one which was able to do enough to put up 19 points and beat Washington last week?
More so, will Green Bay successfully protect the football on what is forecasted to be a soggy day?
All that will determine if the Packers go 9-4 and become more of a January contender, or not.