Aaron Jones dominated the Minnesota Vikings last Monday when he ran for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 56-yarder. His 2 touchdowns gave him 19 scrimmage touchdowns on the season which gives him a 1 touchdown advantage over Panthers running back, Christian McCaffrey, for the league lead. 19 scrimmage touchdowns also ties him with Jim Taylor for second all-time in Packers franchise history.
In 1962, running back Jim Taylor, had his best season of his career. In 14 games he ran for 1,474 yards and 19 touchdowns. All 19 touchdowns were on the ground which still stands as a franchise record. To put that number into perspective, Aaron Jones has 16 touchdowns on the ground this season.
Jim Taylor’s 19 scrimmage touchdown record was broken in 2003 by none other than Packer great, Ahman Green. In 2003, Green ran for 1,883 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also added 367 yards and 5 touchdowns through the air which brought his total scrimmage touchdowns on the season to 20. With only one game left, Aaron Jones only needs one touchdown to tie this record and two to break it.
Next Sunday, the Green Bay Packers will be playing the Lions in Detroit. When Aaron Jones matched up against them in Week 6, he had one of his worst games of the season. In that game, he had 15 total touches for 60 yards and 0 touchdowns. The Packers have a first round bye to play for next Sunday, so look for Green Bay to get Aaron Jones involved early. For the Packers to win, everybody knows Aaron Jones needs to get the ball and dominate. Two touchdowns is not unreasonable for Jones to get, in fact, there’s a better chance it does happen than doesn’t.
It’s crazy that fans could be witnessing history when it comes to Aaron Jones on Sunday. The Packers are such a storied franchise and this could be a moment, a record, that stands for 20, 30, 40 years.