Packers: Top five performers vs. Bears in key Week 15 win

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

3. Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones didn’t have a huge game but his two rushing touchdowns were. Although he did not put up big numbers, Jones was still effective enough to make the Bears respect the run game. Jones had 51 yards on 13 carries and averaged just under four yards per carry and a long run of 21 yards.

I did find it curious that he didn’t appear to be a focus at all in the passing game. Jones had zero targets and I can’t help but wonder if the game would have been different if he was involved a little bit more.

One reason Jones wasn’t able to get the space he would like in the run game was because of the return of Akiem Hicks to the Bears defense. Fresh off of injured reserve, Hicks played a key role in run defense and despite being in and out of the lineup, he held up well against the Packers.

With other receivers not getting much done, the Packers will have to work Jones back into the plans in the passing game. They did that beautifully last week against the Redskins but got away from that this week. Jones can be such a versatile piece for the Packers offense, it’s time to take the restrictions off him and finish strong. Just two more wins gets the team a first-round bye and a divisional-round game at Lambeau.