Packers: Five players key to victory in Week 8 vs. Vikings

Green Bay Packers, Jamaal Williams (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Jamaal Williams
Green Bay Packers, Jamaal Williams (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images) /

4. Jamaal Williams

Aaron Jones will miss his second straight game. With the way Jamaal Williams played against the Texans, there’s no reason to rush Jones back.

Williams was everything he could be for the Packers last Sunday, racking up over 100 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ win.

This week he may have to do a little more.

The Vikings know first-hand what Adams can do and he will probably be at the top of the list of who Mike Zimmer will key on. If Zimmer is dropping safeties back to stop Adams, that should leave plenty of room to run for Williams.

Not only is Williams more than capable of stepping up, he is a lot of fun to watch. His excitement when on the field is contagious and he can provide a spark with his emotion.

Williams can also provide worth as a decoy. Matt LaFleur likes to have two backs on the field at the same time. Usually that has meant Williams and Jones. But with Jones out, Williams can be the motion decoy for rookie AJ Dillon as Jones was for him.

Williams has made himself valuable for the Packers. His ability to run and make plays in the passing game have kept the Packers’ second-round pick on the bench. Now is the time to show 31 other teams he might be worth starting come free agency.