Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones win Week 5 awards


Determined to avoid the slow start that plagued the team last year, this year's Packers team has been focused since the start of the season.

Over the past three seasons, the Packers are 4-6 in domed stadiums and their last trip to U.S. Bank Stadium was far from memorable as Minnesota's devastating front seven held the offense to two touchdowns in a lackluster 17-14 loss for the visiting side. Based on what he's done the last two days, I'd say he's moving around at least enough that it seems like he can play.

For the Minnesota Vikings, we already knew quarterback Sam Bradford would be out, but they'll also be without their top receiver. If not, it may be another long night for the Green Bay Packers in Minnesota.

Jones was named the league's rookie of the week for his 19-carry, 125-yard rushing performance in Dallas.

Look for the typical Case Keenum checkdowns to the running back, which, by the way, is no longer Dalvin Cook. Establishing the ground game with Jones will be key in keeping the crowd out of it and keeping the ball in the possession of Green Bay.

Rodgers won the fan vote for clutch performer of the week after leading the Packers on a game-winning, 75-yard touchdown drive in the final minute-plus to beat the Cowboys, 35-31. In order to keep the Vikings from keeping pace with Green Bay's deadly offensive attack, the Packers defense will have to neutralize the threat of Diggs, who is easily the best offensive playmaker the Vikings have. We discussed the Green Bay Packers possibly being without half their starting secondary on Sunday.

That was before the game against the Dallas Cowboys, and he initially appeared optimistic that he could play. So long as they don't shoot themselves in the foot, Green Bay should take care of business.