Panic would be too strong of a word.
But when the Green Bay Packers went through a mid-season crisis, one in which they lost three games, there was more than a little angst among the loyal legion in Packer Nation.
In that stretch from Oct. 18 until Nov. 22, the Packers suffered losses to Tampa Bay (38-10), Minnesota (28-22) and Indianapolis (34-31 in OT) While two of those setbacks came against quality teams – Tampa Bay and Indianapolis – there was another major reason the Packers stubbed their toes: Star running back Aaron Jones was injured and didn’t perform at a star level.
- Jones managed a meager 15 yards on 10 carries against Tampa Bay in week 6
- He sat out the Minnesota game in week 8 because of a calf injury,
- He managed just 41 yards on 10 carries against Indianapolis in week 11.
It goes without saying Jones needs to stay healthy for the Packers to have any chance going forward in the playoffs. Fortunately for the Packers, he has been healthy of late.
In the last four games, the 26-year-old Jones gained 90 yards against the Bears, 130 yards against the Eagles, 69 yards against the Lions and then 145 yards last week against the Panthers.
And, yes, the Packers won all of those games.
If Jones produces today against the Titans like has for the last month, the Packers should extend their winning streak to five games and maintain their momentum going into postseason.
Prediction: Packers 27, Titans 24