It was a day that Jamaal Williams was presumably waiting for all season long, and it has to make the Green Bay Packers feel good about their stable of young running backs.
On Sunday afternoon, Williams, who had been passed by fellow rookie Aaron Jones on the depth chart, got his chance to take the lead back role in the Packers’ offense. That opportunity came after Jones and backup Ty Montgomery both left the game with injuries in the first half, and Williams cashed in. He recorded 67 rushing yards on 20 carries; that’s not a magnificent performance on the stat sheet, but it was how he ran and the tough yardage that he picked up that will be the points of focus this week.
In addition, it seemed to be a bit of a mirror image of the Packers’ last game against the Chicago Bears. In that game, it was Jones who got his first shot at the lead back role after injuries sidelined Montgomery and Williams. Now the team has a few running backs that they will likely feel confident in moving forward.
Here’s today’s news for a Victory Monday morning.
Brett Hundley was on fire in the fourth quarter | Packers.com
Mike McCarthy had plenty of praise for his young quarterback, who was working through a hamstring injury during the second half of Sunday's game. That would help explain why he was so slow to escape the pocket and take off running during the game, only carrying the ball once.
Packers show they can win with Brett Hundley, what's left of RBs - ESPN
The Packers will need to run the ball with Hundley under center, and they went through all three tailbacks on the gameday roster due to a pair of big injuries. Let’s give some credit to Jamaal Williams for having a big day in a game in which he was not expecting to see much action on offense.
Packers' run defense bests Bears in battle in the trenches | Packersnews.com
The Packers gave no room to Jordan Howard, who ended up with less than four yards per carry and under 60 yards overall on the day. They set the tone early on, with three straight tackles for loss on the Bears' opening possession.
Report: Packers RB Aaron Jones sprained MCL in win | Packers Wire
It looks like it's not a serious knee injury for Jones, who could be back in the next couple of weeks.
John Fox's touchdown challenge results in turnover for Chicago Bears | ESPN.com
The Bears head coach challenged an out-of-bounds call in the second quarter, but instead of the play being reversed to a touchdown, it was clear that Benny Cunningham fumbled the ball for a touchback instead.
Patriots notebook: Outspoken Martellus Bennett returns to lineup | Boston Herald
Bennett said after Sunday's Patriots-Broncos game that he got six or seven doctors' opinions about his shoulder, and that three of them told him to get surgery. He also said that he told his agent that he did not want to be claimed on waivers and would just have surgery.
NFL scores 2017: Live results, highlights, and more from Week 10 - SBNation.com
Check out SB Nation's rundown of all the news from Sunday, including a dispute between Jerry Jones and Arthur Blank, a gorgeous fake punt by the Jaguars, and Brock Osweiler hitting a guy on the sideline in the head with a throwaway.