Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander promised he would show up against Justin Jefferson and he made sure to back up his talk. When the Packers and Minnesota Vikings met in Week 1, Jefferson had nine catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' 23-7 win.
Early last week, Alexander called it "a fluke" and promised he would lock up Jefferson in Week 17. This past Sunday, Alexander's defense limited Jefferson to only one catch in five targets. Jefferson, who leads the NFL in receiving yards this season, was locked up by Alexander as the Packers beat the Vikings 41-17.
Then, Jefferson had a message for football analysts - former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe and sports analyst Skip Bayless. “Tell Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless to watch what they say about me. Talking about how ‘he a good corner.’ I’m a great corner," Alexander said after the game, per Pro Football Talk.
Alexander completely locked up Jefferson
After the game, Alexander called Jefferson "a great receiver" but noted that he is very confident in his own abilities. “He’s still a great receiver. But I’m confident in myself, and I said what I said, and I meant what I said," Alexander told Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports.
Alexander's performance earned him a praise from Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, who noted that Alexander did an outstanding job against Jefferson. “He challenged him. There were a couple times he implemented some quick jams where he was very physical at the line of scrimmage.
Anytime DBs do that, you’re not always expecting it, especially if you haven’t seen it a ton on tape. I don’t care who you are as a wide receiver; it’s always a challenge. I thought that was a great job by our staff," Packers coach LaFleur said.
The Packers have now won their last four games. If they beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday, they will be in the playoffs.