Packers: Five players key to victory in Week 3 vs. Saints

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Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones
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2. Aaron Jones

Like I said with Rodgers, it’s easy pickings saying both of the Aarons. Also like I said, in big games the stars have to play like stars.

This is the toughest game on the Packers’ first quarter schedule and they will need their stars to play up to their billing. That may go double for Aaron Jones this week.

If Adams is out this week, as much if not more pressure will fall on the shoulders of Jones. He would instantly become the main focus of the Saints defense and the best playmaker outside of Rodgers.

Jones, in tandem with the good play of the offensive line, has been nothing but trouble for opposing defenses so far this season.

Coming off a career game against Detroit, Jones will look to further his early season MVP case with another big game against a big opponent.

Jones is no stranger to this position. Last season when Adams missed time with turf toe, Jones pushed forward and became a star. Jones also has a good history against the Saints. He ran for 131 yards and a touchdown in the first start for Brett Hundley, replacing an injured Rodgers, in 2017.

One thing Jones didn’t show in that game was his ability in the passing game. Since that game, Jones has evolved into a complete player that can rival the Saints’ own dual threat, Alvin Kamara.

If Jones can find the cut-back lanes and holes he has in the first two weeks, the offense could find themselves on the cusp of another 40-point outing.