Five Packers to watch vs. Bears in Week 15 matchup

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

1. Aaron Jones

This offense and this team is Aaron Rodgers until he decides otherwise. He may not be playing the way we know he is capable of, but he is still the best quarterback in the NFC North. With that said, Rodgers has been at his best when Aaron Jones is heavily involved in the game plan.

Head coach Matt LaFleur’s goal for Sunday should be 20 touches at least for Jones. The combination and how it’s split between handoffs and pass targets should be dictated by flow of the game, but Jones must see at least 20, preferably more.

When Jones gets going it all works. He can eat up lots of yards on the ground. He plays the ball like a receiver in the pass game. He hold the linebackers in play-action. He helps make the offense click.

Jones is coming off one of his best games of the season against the Redskins and should be poised for another big game. Having Akiem Hicks back should slow down the Packers run game a bit. But, with a gain comes a loss. The Bears’ amazing middle linebacker Roquan Smith is done for the year and won’t be able to help. Smith is one of the linebackers who could have kept up with Jones in the passing game while also stuffing the run.

Now the Bears may have to tip their hand with packages, giving the Packers an advantage Jones should be able to take advantage of.