When are the Packers going to wise up and let Aaron Jones carry the load? Every time they give him the ball, good things happen. When they use their other tailbacks … not so much.

Jones, recall, had a pair of 100-yard games in a limited role as a rookie, averaging almost 2 more yards per carry than their other two backs. And it was more of the same on Sunday against Buffalo. Jones gained 65 yards on his 11 carries. Jamaal Williams was their official starter (for both halves of the game) but gained only 27 yards on his 11 carries.

Including Ty Montgomery, all three tailbacks were on the field for 20-29 plays. It’s a committee – but Jones is definitely the best runner.

Since the start of 2017, 63 running backs have carried the ball at least 80 times. Only one of those backs (Alvin Kamara) has averaged more yards per carry than Jones. Williams and Montgomery aren’t nothing, but they’re both under 4 yards per attempt.

Alvin Kamara, N.O.1761,0035.7013
Aaron Jones, G.B.985555.665
Matt Breida, S.F.1467785.333
Mark Ingram, N.O.2301,1244.8912
Kareem Hunt, K.C.3431,6164.7111
T.J. Yeldon, Jac.984584.673
Dion Lewis, N.E.-Ten.2231,0394.667
Todd Gurley, LAR3581,6434.5917
Kenyan Drake, Mia.1667514.524
Alfred Morris, Dal.-S.F.1597144.492
Ezekiel Elliott, Dall.3151,4094.479
Tarik Cohen, Chi.1145094.462
Devonta Freeman, Atl.2029014.467
Giovani Bernard, Cin.1396134.415
Alex Collins, Balt.2571,1314.408
Orleans Darkwa, NYG1717514.395
Christian McCaffrey, Car.1637064.332
Marshawn Lynch, Oak.2751,1914.3310
Bilal Powell, NYJ2179374.325
Corey Clement, Phil.1014334.295
C.J. Anderson, Den.-Car.2571,0824.213
Wayne Gallman, NYG1215084.200
Jay Ajayi, Mia-Phi.2451,0284.204
Malcolm Brown, LAR813394.191
LeGarrette Blount, Phi.-Det.2088614.142
Isaiah Crowell, Cle.-NYJ2481,0244.136
Duke Johnson, Clev.943884.134
Dalvin Cook, Minn.1104524.112
Chris Carson, Sea.943854.101
Melvin Gordon, LAC3381,3814.0910
LeVeon Bell, Pitt.3211,2914.029
Tevin Coleman, Atl.2108383.996
Rex Burkhead, N.E.883503.985
LeSean McCoy, Buff.3081,2233.976
Ty Montgomery, G.B.873453.973
James Conner, Pitt.953763.963
Derrick Henry, Tenn.2309073.945
Jordan Howard, Chi.3401,3253.9010
Leonard Fournette, Jac.2881,1113.869
Latavius Murray, Minn.2359063.868
Marlon Mack, Ind.1033923.813
Jerick McKinnon, Minn.1505703.803
Carlos Hyde, S.F.-Cle.3231,2233.7913
Alfred Blue, Hou.1003783.782
Lamar Miller, Hou.2961,1133.763
Mike Davis, Sea.923443.742
Joe Mixon, Cin.2168053.735
Devontae Booker, Den.903353.721
Frank Gore, Ind.-Mia.2961,1003.723
Matt Forte, NYJ1033813.702
Javorius Allen, Balt.1796533.657
Peyton Barber, T.B.1585713.613
Adrian Peterson, 3 tms2127653.615
Jamaal Williams, G.B.2007183.594
DeMarco Murray, Tenn.1846593.586
Kerwynn Williams, Ariz.1204263.551
Mike Gillislee, N.E.-N.O.1204263.555
Theo Riddick, Det.893133.523
Samaje Perine, Wash.1756033.451
Jonathan Stewart, Car.-NYG2046973.426
Ameer Abdullah, Det.1655523.354
Chris Ivory, Jac.-Buf.1434633.242
Doug Martin, T.B.-Oak.1635043.093

I bring this up because forces seem to be dictating that the pass-oriented Packers run more than usual this week. Neither Randall Cobb (hamstring) nor Geronimo Allison (concussion) has practiced this week. Davante Adams (calf) was limited yesterday and didn’t practice today. Adams should play, but Cobb and Allison very likely will be missing, meaning Aaron Rodgers will have to rely more on some of his receivers they selected in the draft with later round picks. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, J’Mon Moore and Equanimeous St. Brown haven’t shown much yet. Valdes-Scantling filled in for Cobb last week but was hardly a factor – 1 catch on 3 targets.

The Lions, meanwhile, rank last in run defense. In all three of their losses, they’ve allowed at least 169 rushing yards (against the Jets, 49ers and Cowboys). So it would logically make sense for Green Bay to make more of an effort to use the running game this week. Jones is their best runner, so why not give him close to 20 touches and see what happens?

Montgomery is the best pass-catcher of the group. With their injury issues with wide receivers, he could pick up some of the pass-catching slack. A converted wide receiver, he’s pretty good in that area anyway. Montgomery has caught 8 passes for 105 yards in the last two games.

Jimmy Graham has been lightly used so far, averaging only 4 catches for 42 yards, with one touchdown in four games. He’s another guy they’ll probably look to use more.

But Aaron Jones is the Packer I am interested to see in action this week.

—Ian Allan