Updated: Nov 4, 2019
There's now two guys named Aaron on the Green Bay Packers offense. Of course, that means more touchdowns and it meant bad news for the Dallas Cowboys this past Sunday.
Packers RB Aaron Jones rushed in all four of the Packers touchdowns against the Cowboys yesterday evening. Jones also contributed a total of 182 yards, 107 on the ground and 75 through the air.
The Packers came out scoring in this one, taking a 24-0 lead in the third quarter. The Cowboys offense pulled itself together enough to score 24 points in the second half, but Green Bay had the lead all game, and it never really felt close.
The other Aaron on Green Bay's offense, QB Aaron Rodgers, had a respectable game himself, even without contributing a touchdown to the performance. Rodgers completed 22 of 34 passes for 238 passing yards. His passer rating of 85.2 wasn't great, but that is due, at least in part, to the fact that Rodgers didn't throw a touchdown pass.
With superstar WR Davante Adams out for the week with a toe injury, the receiving corp suffered. Jones accounted for the most receptions for a Packers pass catcher with seven. TE Jimmy Graham caught the next most ball for Green Bay with three.
The Packers defense dominated in the first half and didn't allow any points to Dallas until after the intermission. They even intercepted Cowboys QB Dak Prescott three times in this one.
Prescott feeling Pressure
Speaking of Dak Prescott, he's now lost back-to-back games after starting the season with three straight wins. The Saints defense last week and the Packers this week have caused the fourth-year quarterback out of Mississippi State a lot of trouble.
Prescott had a completion percentage of 61.4 and threw for a monstrous 463 passing yards. His passing volume opened the door for some miscues though, as evidenced by his three interceptions.
RB Ezekiel Elliot had an decent game. He ran for 62 yards and scored a touchdown on the ground in the fourth quarter. He also added two catches for 29 yards.
Two Dallas WRs put up big numbers in the game today. WR Michael Gallup caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. It was his first touchdown reception of the season.
But WR Amari Cooper really turned it loose. Cooper caught 11 balls for a whopping 226 yards and a touchdown pass. Cooper's 226 receiving yards are the most by any player in the NFL this year.
Cooper's performance was undoubtedly impressive, but he still couldn't bring his team the win. Aaron Jones, however, was able to put up great individual numbers and help his team improve to 4-1.
Jones is now up to eight rushing touchdowns this season. He ranks first in the league in that category. His 302 rushing yards aren't many compared to the other superstars at his position, but his big game today may be the boost he needs to catapult himself into superstardom.
Next week, the Packers head home to take on the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.
The Cowboys have now dropped back-to-back games against teams that looks like playoff contenders. Individual stats are great, but winning games is more important, and if the team doesn't figure it out soon, they may be on the outside looking in come January.
The Cowboys ride into New Jersey next weekend to take on the 0-4 New York Jets.
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