The Green Bay Packers‘ running back committee was phenomenal in the NFC divisional round.
The running game put on a show. The Packers’ ground game was led by stud running back, Aaron Jones, in the NFC divisional-round matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams came into the game ranked the No. 1 defense in the NFL. Aaron Jones was having none of that. He was explosive, agile, and was able to keep the legs churning after contact.
Jones ran 14 times for 99 yards and a touchdown. His massive 7.1 yards per carry was bolstered by the gigantic 60-yard run to open up the third quarter. He was rewarded on that drive with a touchdown and raised the Packers’ lead to 15 points.
Not only did Jones run all over the Rams defense, his running back teammates also ran efficiently. Jamaal Williams ran 12 times for 65 yards. His 5.4 yards per carry were crucial. He was able to pick up some massive third down conversions to keep Green Bay’s momentum rolling.
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Also, before he got hurt, AJ Dillon was bulldozing through the line of scrimmage. He ran six times for 27 yards. His 4.5 yards per carry helped the Packers gain some vital first downs. Dillon showed his ability to plow through the defensive line while also being able to make quick and agile cutbacks.
The Packers’ running attack not only gained some significant yards, they also opened up the offense for Aaron Rodgers on the play-action.
Putting the opposing defense in a dilemma is desirable for a prominent offensive attack. Making them choose between stopping the tough Green Bay running attack or stopping the explosiveness of Aaron Rodgers, is a tough decision.
The Packers’ running back committee will hope to maintain their dominance in the NFC championship game at Lambeau Field next Sunday.