Green Bay handled the Dallas Cowboys in their 34-24 win Sunday afternoon. They held All-Pro running back, Ezekiel Elliot, to only 62 yards in a game many thought he would dominate. Aaron Rodgers put in another solid performance while Aaron Jones stole the show.
Sunday’s are for the Aaron Jones show…
This week’s “Offensive Player of the Week” award isn’t up for debate. Aaron Jones had the game of a lifetime while the Cowboys had zero answers for him. Aaron Jones had 107 yards on the ground to go along with 75 yards through the air for an average of 7 yards per touch. What was more impressive was the fact that he tied the Green Bay franchise record for rushing touchdowns in a game with 4. Jones became the only player in NFL history to score 4 times on the ground against the Dallas Cowboys.
Through five games this season, Aaron Jones has 97 touches for 452 yards and a league-leading 8 rushing touchdowns. The last Packers running back to have more than 8 rushing touchdowns in a season was Eddie Lacy back in 2014. Aaron Jones seems well on his way to becoming the second since ‘14. The most rushing touchdowns a Green Bay running back has ever had in a season was set by Jim Taylor who found the end zone 19 times in 1962 while second place is tied down by Ahman Green who rushed for 15 touchdowns in 2003. If Aaron Jones continues on this pace, setting the single-season record isn’t out of the question. Runner-Up: Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay’s defense did what they do best against the Cowboys, force turnovers…
For the second week in a row, the Green Bay defense struggled by giving up a lot of yards. However, they still managed to create 3 turnovers which was the difference in the game. This week’s “Defensive Player of the Week” award goes to a player who helped create a turnover while not making many mistakes throughout the game. Kevin King was the best player on the Packers’ defense last Sunday. He finished the game with 6 tackles, 2 passes defended, and 1 interception. King’s interception came early in the 4th quarter when he jumped a curl route ran by Cowboys’ receiver, Michael Gallop. He had suffocating coverage on the play making you wonder why Dak Prescott threw the pass in the first place. Either way, I’m not complaining. Runner-Up: Za’Darius Smith
Packer fans are feeling good. Through 5 games, Green Bay in 4-1 and in first place of the NFC North. Next week, the Packers play on National television against the Detroit Lions. Fans should expect another high scoring affair in which the Packers come out on top.
Offensive POTW Tracker:
First Place: Aaron Jones (2), Davante Adams (1), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (1), Jimmy Graham (1)
Runner-Up: Aaron Rodgers (3), Aaron Jones (1), Davante Adams (1)
Defensive POTW Tracker:
First Place: Kevin King (3), Preston Smith (1), Adrian Amos (1)
Runner-Up: Za’Darius Smith (1), Blake Martinez (1), Jaire Alexander (1), Kenny Clark (1), Preston Smith (1)