The Green Bay Packers can finally add a win to the record column. Before Sunday’s matchup, the team had lost four straight games, including not winning in October.
But Green Bay had a favorable matchup heading into Sunday’s game, as Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford missed the game with a thumb injury. Los Angeles started former Boise State product Brett Rypien. Son of former QB Mark Rypien. Rypien went 13-of-28 for 130 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. The interception was only Green Bay’s sixth takeaway this season (one of the lowest marks in the NFL.)
The team’s secondary held up well, as Cooper Kupp caught two passes for 48 yards, and rising star Puka Nacua caught three for 32 yards.
But the real story is Aaron Jones. The lesson learned in Sunday’s matchup is that when the offense runs through Aaron Jones, good things generally happen. Jones had 20 for 73 yards and one touchdown. He also added four catches for 46 yards.
On top of that, Jones also passed this former Green Bay Packers legend for most career touchdowns in franchise history.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones passed Donald Driver for most career touchdowns in franchise history.
A couple of weeks ago, Aaron Jones said he was “close to 100 percent.” On Sunday afternoon, he looked like the Aaron Jones of old.
Green Bay’s offense is dangerous when Aaron Jones is featured in the offensive plans. Given his hamstring injury suffered in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, Jones missed two games and returned in last week’s games against the Minnesota Vikings on a snap restriction.
On Sunday, Matt LaFleur unleashed the full offense, and it was successful, as Green Bay outgained Los Angeles 391 to 187 and had 184 yards rushing as a team.
Will Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones be considered an all-time great Packer?
Before talking about the greatness of Aaron Jones, who can remember the opening day starting RB in 2017? If your answer is Ty Montgomery, you would be correct. Jones was named starting RB in Week 5 of the 2017 season against the Dallas Cowboys. Jones ran roughshod over the Cowboys defense, as he rushed 125 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown. The rest is history, as Jones would transform into one of the premier backs in the league.
Throughout the history of the team. Green Bay has struggled to find a feature back, with the team often opting to draft a defensive player. But Jones has found his niche with the Packers’ offense, and the importance of Jones in Matt LaFleur’s offense cannot be overstated. Green Bay has struggled offensively with Jones missing time. The team has struggled with drop passes and an inability to get a consistent run game going.
With Jones back and healthy, Green Bay’s offense should finally have its full arsenal of weapons play together for the first time all year next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.