Packers: Five things they need to reach the Super Bowl
2. Lean on Aaron Jones
Tied for the league-lead in total touchdowns with Christian McCaffrey, Aaron Jones has been phenomenal in Matt LaFleur’s offense. He’s been the X-Factor on offense all season long for Green Bay and he needs to be the focus of the game plan in the postseason.
Since the start of 2018, there has been a correlation between Jones getting more touches and the Packers winning.
In the past two seasons, when Jones has touched the ball 20 times or more, the Packers have gone 6-1. When he’s touched the ball between 15-19 times, the Packers have gone 5-4. But when he’s only touched the ball 10 or fewer times, the team has gone 1-4.
So, just how dominant has Jones been in LaFleur’s offense this season?
Here’s an incredible stat: Jones has only had 20-plus touches in a game six times in 2019. But in those games, he’s put up 1,053 total yards with 10 touchdowns. That works out at 175.5 all-purpose yards per game. The Packers are a perfect 6-0 in those games.
What this shows is that when Jones is rolling, LaFleur will keep getting him the ball. And when he’s in rhythm and playing well, the offense is tough to stop.
Jones has rotated time in the backfield with Jamaal Williams this year. If healthy, Williams absolutely has a role to play in the playoffs. But now is the time to increase Jones’ workload. This is the playoffs, and he gives the offense the best chance to reach its potential.