Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones co-hosted Tuesday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers offensive lineman Lucas Patrick was Jones’ guest.
Among the topics they touched on were Monday's victory over the Lions, the play of Jamaal Williams and blocking for the Packers' running backs. The show can be seen live at The Clubhouse Sports Pub & Grill in downtown Appleton or at clubhouselive.com.
Here are select and edited answers from the interview:
Q: You were able to beat the Lions despite falling behind 13-0 and losing the turnover battle 3-0. Did you learn anything about your team in being able to prevail against a division rival while fighting through adversity?
Jones: I just learned that we don't blink. When adversity hits us, we look it right in the face. We step up to it, and we continue to chip away at it. When you have a team like that, you're going to be great. You're going to get things done. It came down to execution at the end, and that's what we did. We've just got to be better throughout the whole game. But most importantly, we got the win.
Q: Aaron Rodgers called it a "character win." Do you agree?
Jones: It definitely was a character win. Everybody had to step up their game. It didn't go the way we wanted it to go. A lot of mistakes. A lot of things went wrong that could have went wrong. They came out and had two big plays offensively to start the game. I was talking to some of the guys – last year's team, I don't know if we pull that out. But this year's team, we've got the leadership, we've got the veterans. We've just got guys who we all want to win.
Q: Fellow running back Jamaal Williams was back on the field after clearing concussion protocol and finished with 104 yards rushing on 14 carries. He also added 32 yards receiving and a touchdown on four catches. How nice was it to have him back there again? He's a key offensive weapon, isn't he?
Jones: Definitely good to have him back. He brings another weapon to the table, so it's something (where) the defense can't just plan on one person. You put Jamaal in the game, and he's going to bring you explosiveness, he's going to catch the ball well and I feel he's always where he's supposed to be. He stepped up big for us last night. And like I said, I feel like we have one of the best one-two punches (at running back).
Q: You and Jamaal obviously get along, but is there a healthy competition between the two of you? How do you push each other to get better?
Jones: We always push each other. That's the only way to get better. When you have two guys who are sitting there and comfortable with where they're at, you're not going to get any better. Those two guys are pretty much going to stay where they're at. So if you have two guys who are competing with each other, pushing each other, you're going to get the best out of both of them each time and every time they step on the field.
Q: How fun is it to block for a couple of talented backs in Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams? Both can do explosive things on the field.
Patrick: It's the most fun I've ever had blocking for two running backs. Best thing about Aaron is when he hits where we're trying to let him go be an athlete, he hits it with such speed and ferocity. I literally feel like (No.) 33 could score every time. It's amazing. We've seen him multiple times where he has broken (runs) versus the Rams, the Saints, the Dolphins last year. This year versus Dallas, multiple times. So it's so fun to have an electric back back there that you never know if that's going to be a touchdown.
And then Jamaal, selfishly, I love the way he runs because he can hit any hole on the line and he's going forward, and he's probably getting the first down. His tenacity running the ball is infectious. I think it spills over to everyone. We just want to run after (No.) 30 and just support him no matter what he does.