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The Packers have started 2-0 this year, after rollling up 43 points on the Vikings and another 42 against the Lions. After Sunday’s win, I posed a simple, direct question to Packers running back: Are the Packers better this year?
“Definitely,” Jones said, without hesitation.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Jones wanted to do a Lambeau Leap even without fans in the stands. © APWF Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke) He gave himself plenty of opportunities.Jones rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard breakaway, as the Green Bay Packers rallied from an early 11-point deficit to beat the Detroit Lions 42-21 on Sunday.
He explained that the team knows the offense better this year, and that the players have learned the ins and outs of the Matt LaFleur playbook. They know how to run the plays the way that the plays are supposed to be run, after having time to do a deep dive into all of the strategies and concepts.
I then asked Jones whether quarterbackis any different this year. Jones said Rodgers is “more focused.”
That cried out for the obvious follow-up. Is Rodgers more focused because the team drafted a quarterback in the first round this year?
“It’s not that,” Jones said, explaining that the extra focus comes from the fact that the team got so close to the Super Bowl last year and didn’t make it.
Of course, extra focus wouldn’t be as critical this year if the Packers simply had, you know, used that first-round pick (and/or the fourth-round pick surrendered to trade up in round one) on a player other than a quarterback.
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