Big day on the ground helps bring the Pack back

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The Tun­dra was fi­nally Frozen. This was a great de­vel­op­ment for any­one who wor­ries about their beer get­ting warm.

On the other hand, the Green and Gold’s of­fense fi­nally heated up.

This, too, was a great de­vel­op­ment for any­one who has Aaron Jones on their fan­tasy foot­ball team.

The Mi­ami Dol­phins sim­ply could not keep up with the Jones from Green Bay. This young man sliced and diced his way through the Fish to the tune of 145 yards and two touch­downs.

“This league has al­ways been about big plays,” Pack­ers coach Mike Mc­Carthy said. “You can’t score points without big plays and you have to make big plays to win the game.”

Well, Jones made plenty of them. In­quir­ing minds still want to know why in the world he was ro­tat­ing with Ty Mont­gomery. The an­swer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. The an­swer is blowin’ in the wind.

Jones’ 67-yard scam­per in the first quar­ter was not wind aided. He had 96 yards af­ter just four car­ries.

If you’re scor­ing at home, that’s a lot more yards than Ron­dell Mealey had in 14 games. And who could for­get Ron­dell Mealey?

“We got the run game go­ing. We had a lot more bal­ance, which we hadn’t had all sea­son,” said Pack­ers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers.

You knew it would be a long af­ter­noon for the Mi­ami 11 as all they could ba­si­cally do cor­rectly was kick field goals. But those came with an as­ter­isk.

Ja­son Sanders booted four of them, which was a record for Mi­ami rookie kick­ers. But he did it while wear­ing one or­ange shoe. OK, did he step in a bucket of Tang be­fore the game? Talk about wardrobe mal­func­tions.

An­other Mi­ami high­light, so to speak, came when Robert Quinn sacked Aaron Rodgers and did the Dis­count Dou­ble Check. He’s a few years be­hind. Kind of like any­one who still does the wave at a sport­ing event. He should have tried to swat a fly with a golf club.

Oh, and Frank Gore had a 39-yard run. Didn’t he start play­ing when they were wear­ing leather hel­mets?

It was ap­par­ent from the out­set that Mc­Carthy was fi­nally go­ing to stick with a plan. Get the ball to Jones or Da­vante Adams. Geez, any­one could have thought of that. For now, the Pack is back. But they’ve got to hit the road again. It’s been a dead-end road this year.

“We're pretty tough to beat at home right now — the colder bet­ter — but we've got to find a way to win on the road or we're go­ing to be home in Jan­uary,” said Rodgers. “For good.”

That may be true. But not if Jones con­tin­ues his fancy foot­work.

FEAR­LESS FORE­CASTS

Game of the week: Kansas City at Los An­ge­les Rams. A lot of peo­ple think this will be a Su­per Bowl pre­view. OK, does that mean Ma­roon 5 will play at half­time? Rams 40, Chiefs 38, sta­tis­tics aplenty.

Game of the weak: Oak­land at Ari­zona. Scalpers in Glen­dale, Ariz., will have to get a sec­ond job this week. Car­di­nals 20, Raiders 0.

Green Bay at Seat­tle: In a cruel plot twist, Bran­don Bo­stick, Shawn Slocum, Mor­gan Bur­nett and re­place­ment ref­eree Wayne El­liott will be given keys to the city of Seat­tle be­fore the game. Pack­ers 22, Sea­hawks 20.

VINELINES

Steve Rosen­bloom of the Chicago Tri­bune: “While the Lions have es­tab­lished their wor­thi­ness as a bad team, Sun­day’s game car­ried ur­gency for the Bears be­cause it was the most im­por­tant of their Amer­i­can Ninja War­rior course of three games in 12 days. Next Sun­day night, they host the Vik­ings, and three days later they face a morn­ing kick­off on Thanks­giv­ing in Detroit thanks to id­i­otic NFL think­ing that blows yet an­other hole in the league’s ma­nure about car­ing about player safety.”...

Nor­man Chad, syn­di­cated colum­nist on the Gi­ants-49ers game: “This is a 2-7 team host­ing a 1-7 team, in prime time, on a ma­jor cable net­work. And the FCC sits on its hands.”...

Scott Ostler of the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle, on the im­pend­ing move of the Raiders: “Usu­ally when a high-rolling loser comes to Ve­gas, the casi­nos set him up with a comp ho­tel room. With (owner Mark) Davis, they’re giv­ing him a comp sta­dium.”...

Cam Hutchin­son of the Saskatchewan’s Saska­toon Ex­press, on the Bills re­tir­ing RB Thur­man Thomas’ jer­sey: “The cer­e­mony was de­layed when Thomas couldn’t find it.”...

NBC’s Al Michaels, when asked how the late Howard Cosell would view to­day’s sports-me­dia land­scape: “He would hate so­cial me­dia. He would hate talk ra­dio. … He would de­scribe it as a ‘ca­coph­ony of crap.’”

Dwight Perry of the Seat­tle Times: “Pack­ers punter J.K. Scott’s wife Syd­ney gave birth to a son just hours af­ter the team re­turned from its game at New Eng­land. He called it ‘life-chang­ing.’ She’s just glad all the kick­ing is over.”...

Jim Barach, com­edy writer: “Philadel­phia’s Ja­son Kelce says he has no love for the Cow­boys and says they have fair weather fans. Which may be the rea­son they fi­nally had to build a sta­dium with a re­tractable roof.”

WM. GLASHEEN / USA TO­DAY

Dol­phins de­fen­sive end Robert Quinn does his best to mock the “Dis­count Dou­ble Check” af­ter sack­ing Aaron Rodgers.

NFL Grapevine Mike Hart Milwaukee Jour­nal Sen­tinel USA TO­DAY NET­WORK – WIS.

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