5. Aaron Jones
The last time the Packers played the Lions, Aaron Jones had a career-day. Jones ran for a career-high 168 yards on 18 carries for a 9.3 yards-per-carry average with two touchdowns. In that game, Jones also busted out a long 75-yard run on the way to his monster day.
Much of that game was played without Davante Adams. Adams left that game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury so Jones was the man on that day.
Now with Adams back in the lineup and rolling, Jones should see a light box as Detroit will no doubt do all they can to stop Adams.
As crucial as Rodgers is to the team getting off to a hot start, it will start with Jones. A large part of Rodgers’ resurgence has to do with the threat Jones poses out of the backfield.
If the Lions play coverage to stop Adams, Jones will have plenty of room to run. If they load up the box to stop Jones, Rodgers and Adams will pick the defense apart.
Matt LaFleur will also want to balance how much he uses Jones to keep him fresh for the late run. So Jamaal Williams also falls into the spot as well. If Williams continues to play his role as the hammer for the Packers, the offense should keep humming along and come away from Detroit with a win.
The Packers are right where they want and need to be. They are in control of the division and by the end of the day, could be division winners again.
But first, they have to take care of the Lions and not get too far ahead of themselves.
The Lions are down but far from out.