Mr. Jones is the Key
The Packers officially have the Dallas Cowboys’ number. Their third consecutive series victory – and sixth in the past seven meetings – came Sunday, when Aaron Jones and company flipped the script on the big, bad Cowboys behind their emerging star feature back, who had career highs with 26 touches for 182 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns, giving the visitors a commanding 31-3 lead late in the third quarter.
So, one season after leading the NFL with a 5.1-rushing-yard clip, Jones, who recently was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, paces the league with eight rushing touchdowns through the first five weeks. Moreover, he’s on pace for 60-480 receiving after combining for only 35 catches and 208 combined receiving yards in his first two seasons.
The latter category might be every bit as important as what Jones is doing as a ball carrier right now considering lead wide receiver Davante Adams missed only his fourth game in the past three seasons Sunday with a turf toe injury. Jones has been the favorite target of Aaron Rodgers since the quarterback’s go-to receiver went down
“He’s a weapon. He’s a stud. [Jones] needs to be accounted for on every play,” left tackle David Bakhtiari said.
With their upstart “D” ranked eighth in scoring and tied for third in takeaways, and Rodgers’ comfort level only set to increase as he gets further along in Year 1 under Matt LaFleur, Jones again is emerging as a force for the Packers. The question: Can he can do it for 16-plus games?