Kick-off is so close I can almost taste it, one more week Packer fans. In the mean time we have to get to the Offensive Player of the week for the Packers final tune up game against the Chiefs.
For the second straight week in a row the Packers fall short offensively, but there were still some bright spots. Let’s look at the stats for this week and see who stuck out among the crowd.
Passing: 20-38 for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns
Rushing: 20 attempts for 73 yards and 1 touchdown
Penalties:5 for 37 yards
This was a balanced week for the Packers offensively getting in a nice mix of run and pass plays, but unlike the first three games where the majority of the production came from the wide-receivers this week it came from the backfield, and specifically Aaron Jones who is the Cream City Offensive Player of the Week.
Normally a guy like Jones would not be getting as much run as he did on Thursday but due to his suspension he will not be able to play in the first two weeks of the regular season, but what the NFL allows is for suspended players to play in the preseason so it was a good tune up game for the second year back, who when back from suspension should be the number one back for Green Bay.
On Thursday Jones was heavily involved in the offense taking just under half of the rushes for the night (9) out of 20 for 38 yards and an average of 3.8 per carry.
He came out the gate hot with a short pass from Kizer for a 10 yard completion and then right after that a 13 yard run which was brought back on a penalty by Justin McCray.
Finally he his pay dirt late in the second quarter with a one yard run up the middle to put the Packers up by 11 points (21-10). This would be the last scoring drive for the Packers of the night and the Chiefs would go on to score 23 unanswered points.
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This run is a great example of Jones ability to play in-between the tackles and take contact from larger defenders and not just secondary players.
As well as contributing in the run game, Jones snagged a few balls in as well, with three total receptions for 21 yards.
The most encouraging thing that I saw from Jones verse the Chiefs was his power-run style of play. In almost all of his touches Jones was rushing inside of the tackles and getting hit from defenders very early in the rush. His run style is completely different than Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery, and I expect Jones to see a lot of touches one he comes off his suspension.
(All stats via Pro-Football-Reference.com & media via Packers.com)
By:Michael Sawasky (Sawask00)