3 moves Matt LaFleur must make to save Packers fading playoff hopes

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2. Feed Aaron Jones

The Packers leaned on Aaron Jones on the opening drive. He carried the ball eight times for 44 yards, including a 20-yard run on his first attempt. Jones helped Green Bay find rhythm early, with the offense marching its way down the field and into the red zone.

Then the Packers moved away from the ground game, with Jones carrying the football only five more times in the entire game.

It's not like the Bucs were running away with the game, forcing the Packers to become one-dimensional. Until midway through the fourth quarter, Tampa Bay's biggest lead was 10 points with plenty of time to go. The Packers had time to lean on Jones after their opening possession.

It was his first game back from injury. Maybe that was a factor. But LaFleur must lean on his star running back in the remaining three games if the Packers are to make a serious push for the playoffs.

He looked as explosive as ever against the Buccaneers' defense.

Jones helps the Packers find rhythm offensively. He can break out big plays and force defenses to respect the run, which opens up the play-action passing game. With three games to go in the regular season, Jones needs to become the focal point of this offense.