Coming into week three against the Denver Broncos, head coach Matt LaFleur said he wanted to even out the run game. So, he did just that. Aaron Jones finished with 10 carries for 19 yards and two touchdowns while Jamaal Williams ran for 59 yards on 12 carries.
Obviously, it wasn’t a great performance by Jones but his fantasy owners weren’t too mad with two rushing touchdowns. It was, however, the best game of the year for Williams who not only got it done on the ground but also totaled two receptions for 27 yards.
Yes, Jones is probably the Packers best back. After all, he’s their top home-run hitter and he has shown that he be a downfield weapon in the passing games. In week two, he reached 116 yards 23 rushes for five yards per carry. Thus, Jones’ 1.9 yards per attempt in Sunday is not what Packers fans are accustomed to seeing.
In 2018, his 5.5 yards per carry placed him first overall in the league.
However, Jones has had durability issues in his first two NFL seasons. That is why Williams is so important and likely why LaFleur wants more balance.
Over the course of this season, Jones will have some big games. He’s too good not to. Meanwhile, Williams will be a rock in pass protection and be the Packers running-back to fight for extra yards while wood-be tacklers pile on top of him.
Getting Jones looks is important, but keeping him healthy is absolutely vital. Fans may not like it but the carries split we saw on Sunday will happen more and more as the season goes on.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.