Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon started for the second consecutive game over Aaron Jones because Jones is dealing with a knee injury still. Dillon had an effective game for Green Bay with 73 yards rushing on 18 carries and also one reception for 14 yards receiving in a 27-19 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
AJ Dillon averaged 4.0 yards per carry in the game and this was one of the best games he had this season. Dillon found running holes right away and it also helped that the offensive line had a solid game as well. He has been hot and cold this season in the running game.
Dillon has rushed for 521 yards on 149 carries and only one touchdown this season. He is averaging 3.5 yards per carry this season. A.J. Dillon is in the final year of his rookie deal and it will be interesting to see whether or not general manager Brian Gutekunst will give him a new contract.
For now, he is trying to make the most of the current situation with the Green Bay Packers. Dillon is stepping up in the absence of Aaron Jones. Green Bay will need Jones back at some point because who knows how long AJ Dillon will play like this.
He has rushed for over 40 yards in his last four of five games and has rushed for 70 or more yards twice in his last five games.
Even if Aaron Jones is Out in Week 14 Against the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers Running Back AJ Dillon Needs to Feast
One of the biggest problems with the New York Giants this season has been their rushing defense. They are tied for the fifth-worst rushing defense in the NFL with the New York Jets at giving up 136.1 yards per game. Even if Aaron Jones were to miss another game next week for the Green Bay Packers, Dillon has been playing well enough that they should be able to run the ball effectively.
Dillon playing well against the Kansas City Chiefs was a good sign that he still has juice left in the tank. Green Bay should run the ball a lot in Week 14 against a bad rushing defense. Will see what head coach Matt LaFleur does with his game planning against the New York Giants. If Dillon has another quality game and a few more, will see if he is going to a contract extension.