Eddie Lacy has been playing like a rookie of the year candidate. James Starks is healthy and running hard again.

Now the challenge for the Packers is finding the right balance, the right mixture of both.

They don't want to overwork the starter Lacy, who currently ranks fifth in carries per game. Green Bay will need the bruising rookie fresh down the stretch. And the Packers will also want to be careful with Starks, who has battled several injuries through his four-year career.

Lacy has asserted himself as a starter through 97 carries in four straight wins. But signs point to more of a balance than the 29/7 split Sunday night at Minnesota. And as the Packers often say, they'll be riding the "hot hand."

Whoever that is.

"Well, you want to get them both work," offensive coordinator Tom Clements said Friday. "You don’t want to overload one or the other but if one has the hot hand then you stick with him. So it’s not a set plan as to how that works, but they’re both going to play. The line’s going to block for both of them and we’d anticipate that they’d both be effective.”

So as written this week, this could be a weekly decision for the Packers.