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Cheese Curds, 1/3: Jaire Alexander, Aaron Jones look to step up in playoff prime time

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With the Packers playing exclusively in the evening from now on, a few of their top players are looking forward to some added prep time.

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A few of the Green Bay Packers’ stars have shined brightly this year under the lights at times. While Aaron Rodgers has had some struggles in prime time games this season, the other Aaron has had a few tremendous performances.

Aaron Jones started off a bit slowly in night games this year, with games of 39, 58, and 60 total yards against the Bears, Eagles, and Lions, respectively. But he had two of his biggest games of the year under the lights: a 226-yard, two-score game against the Chiefs and a 160-yard, two-touchdown performance in Minnesota in week 16. Over the entire season, however, Jones’ contributions to the offense have made it one of the best in the league, showing a massive drop-off from him to his backup.

Meanwhile, cornerback Jaire Alexander has been more consistently great in night games this year. Today’s curds find a close look at his numbers in night games, and he is looking forward to the sun going down prior to kickoff in every one of the Packers’ potential postseason games.

Green Bay got the Sunday evening game in the Divisional round, the NFC Championship is the late game the following week, and the Super Bowl is of course in prime time every year. If the Packers advance, it should be due in part to good play from their top cornerback, whose star burns even more brightly when the stadium lights come on.

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