Green Bay Packers: Aaron Jones’ career day headlines standouts vs. Cowboys

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1. Aaron Jones, RB

On a day where Aaron Rodgers was mediocre overall, where the Packers were playing without Davante Adams, where the running back room was thin due to injury and where Green Bay needed a skill-position player to step up, running back Aaron Jones stepped up and answered the call with the best game of his career.

Jamaal Williams was ruled out for Week 5 after suffering a scary concussion last week, which meant that Jones was going to be the featured guy in the Packers backfield rather than working in a timeshare. That was indeed the case. And despite falling short of expectations in the first four games of the year, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry prior to matching up with the Cowboys, Jones was ready to be “the guy”.

Jones took 19 carries for 107 and an incredible four touchdowns on the day, paving the way for the Packers offense to secure the victory. But he also didn’t stop there, the UTEP product also was Green Bay’s leading receiver on Sunday, catching seven of his team-high eight targets for 75 yards on the day.

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Finally getting his opportunity to shine, Jones dominated the action whenever he touched the ball. He ran tough, was elusive in breaking tackles from a talented Dallas defense and, of course, had a nose for the end zone as he accounted for 24 points by himself, matching the Cowboys’ total points single-handedly. And he did so behind an offensive line that didn’t play particularly well. It was truly a superstar-type performance from Aaron Jones on Sunday.