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Packers CB Jaire Alexander sounds off on botched Justin Jefferson game plan that had fans pissed

Jaire Alexander, Justin Jefferson, Packers

The Green Bay Packers will have nightmares about Justin Jefferson for a long time after their Week 1 loss against the Minnesota Vikings. The star wide receiver opened his third season with a bang, going for 184 yards on 9 catches. It was a performance that threatened Green Bay’s spot on top of the NFC North food chain.

What’s even more confusing about this performance, though, is the Packers’ game-plan against Justin Jefferson. Instead of sticking star cornerback Jaire Alexander on the Vikings star, Green Bay elected to double Jefferson without Alexander. Clearly, though, that didn’t work. After the game, Alexander revealed that he asked if he could take on Jefferson one-on-one, to no avail. (via Nicole Menner)

Sometimes, some decisions should be done without even thinking about it. It seems like the Packers overthought their problem with Jefferson and tried to get creative with their solution. Sticking second-year cornerback Eric Stokes against the juggernaut that is Jefferson is unfathomable, especially when you have one of the best lockdown corners in the league in Alexander.

While the defense had their miscues, it was the offense’s putrid showing that garnered all the attention. The Packers offense, led by Aaron Rodgers, looked like a shell of it’s former self. That has to be a worrying sign for Green Bay, who lost Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the offseason.

This season isn’t going to be a cakewalk for the Packers like the previous seasons. Their division rivals have gotten better, and they downgraded in key positions. They’ll need to dig deep for them to retain their title as the top dog of the NFC North.