3 takeaways from Packers’ Week 9 victory vs. 49ers

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1. Aaron Jones makes big impact on return

All week long, it looked like Aaron Jones would be out again. Jones made a surprising return which was a huge boost for an offense already without Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon. And Jones quickly reminded everyone just how valuable he is to this team.

The Packers kicked off the game with a six-play touchdown drive. The first four plays went through Jones, who had two carries for 17 yards and two catches for 20 yards as Green Bay marched down the field for the opening score of the game.

Jones showed no limitations after a calf injury, touching the ball 20 times in total in the game for 79 yards. Was it his most efficient performance? No, but Jones looked as explosive and sharp as ever, and his contributions both on the ground and as a pass catcher made an impact.

Tyler Ervin had eight carries but struggled to impress between the tackles. Outside of an eight-yard run, Ervin’s other seven carries went for 16 yards. Ervin did made a good impact as a receiver but Jones made all the difference for the Packers on the ground.

It was great to see Jones back out there and he now has a mini bye to get fully healthy for next week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.