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Aaron Jones Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week After Destroying Cowboys

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 06:  Aaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers finally have some semblance of a running game for the first time since non-fat Eddie Lacy, and they have Aaron Jones to thank for it.

The former UTEP Miner has flourished in Matt LaFleur's offense, and has managed to pick up the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award after his career day against the Cowboys. Jones had 107 yards rushing on just 19 carries, scoring four touchdowns while adding 75 receiving yards on seven catches.

On the year, Jones has 302 yards rushing in just five games and is leading all of football in rushing touchdowns with eight.

Jones' newfound stranglehold on the RB1 job has allowed Aaron Rodgers to sit back and manage the game as opposed to willing his team to victory by throwing 55 times. This balance, coupled with an improved defense, has been the driving force behind Green Bay's 4-1 start to the season.

A fifth round pick out of UTEP is rarely viewed as an offensive cornerstone, but Jones has bucked that trend and proven himself this year, and now he has an award to show for it.