3. Shutdown Aaron Jones
The Packers finally have a solution to their woes in the running game. 2017 fifth round pick Aaron Jones has emerged as a quality option in both the passing game and running game.
Against Atlanta, Jones carried the ball 17 times for 78 yards, while he caught three receptions for 28 yards. While Jones numbers aren’t exactly eye-opening, he has proven to be a reliable option for a team that’s needed a good running back for a while.
What makes Jones dangerous is that once he gets to the second level, he has the ability to make defenders miss, instantly turning what is designed to be a short running play into a long gain.
The Bears have proven that they have what it takes to shut down opposing running games. After holding Todd Gurley to just 28 yards, it’s clear that they have what it takes to do just that. What the Bears must do is get after Jones by shutting down any potential gaps that exist. Jones isn’t exactly a typical “between the tackles” runner, he can also bounce off an offensive lineman and turn up the sideline and make big plays.
If the Bears can shut Aaron Jones down, then it’s more than likely that they have a chance to beat the Packers by forcing Green Bay to run a pass-heavy offense.