Packers: Five players key to victory in Week 4 vs. Falcons

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Jamaal Williams
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5. Jamaal Williams

Aaron Jones is the lead back and will get lead-back production. There is not doubt about that. But with injuries and LaFleur’s emphasis on the run, RB2 is just as important.

The Packers may need to have both Jones and Jamaal Williams on the field together more in this game. Down to MVS as his main man in practice this week, the Packers may need to deploy their backs more as receivers like they did during a stretch last year when Adams was out.

Williams is capable of handling receiving duties. With Williams and Jones on the field at the same time, the defense will not be able to key on run or pass, as well as either player running routes out of the backfield or in the slot. LaFleur’s use of motion also helps the effectiveness of both players being on the field.

If the Packers are unable to replicate the same success passing without Lazard and possibly Adams, the team will then have to resort to their two capable backs.

The Packers would be wise to monitor and limit Jones’ use in the early going. Williams dedicated his offseason to ensure production doesn’t drop off when Jones leaves the field.

Much like King, Williams is in a contract year, and now would be a good time to show how valuable he can be.

This game has all the makings of a trap/let-down game. A downtrodden team banged up and on the road.

Desperation does things to teams and sometimes they go on a run. Atlanta knows how difficult it is to climb out of an 0-4 hole. They are in a division with Drew Brees and Tom Brady and they can’t afford to fall further behind. They will give Green Bay all they have.

The Packers will have to make sure they are ready.

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