On the first drive alone, Jones rushed for 27 yards while adding 27 yards through the air. He needs to continue to be a major piece of the Green Bay attack in future weeks for the team to maintain balance on offense.
Miami (5-4) is coming off a 13-6 win over the struggling Jets with Brock Osweiler at quarterback. But Jones' career day showed he needs to be at least an equal partner with Rodgers if the Packers are going to smooth out their offense and make a run at a playoff berth. Rodgers looked good in the game.
Green Bay led 14-9 at halftime. Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Montravious Adams, Kyler Fackerell (with his team leading 5th of the year), Reggie Gilbert and even Raven Greene had the sacks.
Darren Rizzi's unit blocked a punt, recovered a Packers fumble after a Miami punt and pulled off a fake punt to convert on fourth down. Mike Pettine knew that Miami had to pass on nearly every down and he was able to devise blitz packages to exert consistent pressure on Brock Osweiler for the remainder of the game.
The injury-riddled Miami Dolphins still managed to generate plenty of scoring opportunities against the Green Bay Packers. "And as the weather continues to turn in our favor, meaning the colder the better, I like our chances at home, but we've got to win some road games or we're going to be at home in January - for good".
Packers: A defense already missing CB Kevin King (hamstring) lost two more starters in the first half when S Kentrell Brice departed with an ankle injury and linebacker Nick Perry limped off with a knee injury.
Backups came in and played well for the Pack including Raven Greene, Tony Brown and Kyler Fackrell, but Russell Wilson will provide the defense with a much bigger challenge than Osweiler did.
Aaron Rodgers finished the game 19-of-28 for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
Their next test comes on Thursday night on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. With Jones running the ball so well, the Packers didn't need to rely on Rodgers as exclusively to keep the chains moving all the time. On third-and-2, Rodgers hit tight end Marcedes Lewis for a gain of 30, the veteran tight end's second catch of the year.
Currently, Jones has 494 rush yards and four rushing touchdowns on the season.
With Randall Cobb injured, Rodgers focused on Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Davante Adams who each had seven targets. For a while, the Dolphins still moved the ball effectively, especially early in the game.