Jaire Alexander: Not my call to not cover Justin Jefferson all game

NFL: SEP 11 Packers at Vikings
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The Vikings rolled to a 23-7 win over the Packers to kick off the 2022 season on Sunday and wide receiver Justin Jefferson played the starring role on offense for Minnesota.

Jefferson had nine catches for 184 yards and two first half touchdowns in the win and he did a lot of his damage against Packers defenders other than cornerback Jaire Alexander. That was a surprise given Alexander’s standing as the top corner in Green Bay and Alexander said after the game that he wouldn’t have lined the defense up the same way that the Packers did.

“The game plan was to not allow 18 to beat us,” Alexander said, via Ryan Wood of PackersNews.com. “Why I wasn’t on him, that’s not my call. Anybody watch me play, you know that’s what I want.”

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that the Vikings did “a nice job of putting him in different positions” over the course of the game when asked about not having Alexander shadow Jefferson for the entire afternoon. Jefferson lined up in the slot and was put in motion often as the Vikings found ways to get him loose and make the Packers pay once he did find some daylight.

Green Bay will get another chance to square off with Jefferson later this year and other teams on the Vikings schedule will be looking at how Sunday played out as they try to devise better approaches to handling one of the league’s top players.

22 responses to “Jaire Alexander: Not my call to not cover Justin Jefferson all game

  1. This is the most hopeless I’ve ever felt as a pack fan. I don’t know if we can win 5 games. I take back anything I said when the Vikings started Christian Ponder, Joe Webb, Josh Freeman, Tavaris Jackson, etc… this must be what it felt like.

  2. JJ would have embarrassed you as well Jaire. No single corner can shut him down plain and simple. He is to good of a route runner, he has the speed, and he has the hands. If it’s near JJ, he’s catching it.

  3. Don’t worry about it, there were already enough below average DBs following him. Why add another? 🤔

  4. Things like that happened every week when Joe Barry was the defensive coordinator in Washington. He’s starting his 2nd season there and this is more of what I expected it to look like! This is what nepotism gets you!

  5. I know often Jefferson was wide open, but honestly cousins was dropping dimes too. His deep ball was great. I’m not sure why Alexander wasn’t on him it was a surprise to all of us. Probably a pleasant surprise for the Vikings.

  6. Incredibly dumb “scheming” by Barry. There were more plays where a linebacker or safety was trying to cover Jefferson than there were with Alexander against him. Nice job of “confusing” them, Joe!

  7. Alexander was covering JJ on his second TD. Alexander dropped off of him to double team Thielen and left him wide open. Perhaps they were in a zone coverage, but you all saw the play. Even Jefferson expected someone to be there as he spun around and went backwards. So, either Alexander made the mistake, or the Vikings totally confused the packers. JJ was open all day.

  8. Lots of upset football fans in wisconson this morning. College and pro teams look like Rumpasaurus Rex

  9. whatjusthappened says:
    September 12, 2022 at 9:29 am

    “Way to throw your defensive coordinator under the bus.”

    If the shoe fits…

  10. Alexander is spot on. Why were the Packers secondary playing zone ?
    It doesn’t make sense. Minn has 2 talented WR’s that needed to be punched and jammed at the line to interrupt their routes along with the safeties picking up coverage to help. D. Savage had a horrible game. Just plain horrible. I’ll guarantee you DC Joe Barry is being asked some tough questions this morning.

  11. Alexander is taking after his team leading QB — pointing fingers and showing his ego – not a great look. I was surprised the Pack D looked so toothless, particularly in the secondary.

  12. Great win for the Vikings, but will never understand letting the best WR in the league run free all day. It’s going to be a long year for Packers fans.

  13. Tony Awesome says:
    September 12, 2022 at 11:25 am
    Alexander is spot on. Why were the Packers secondary playing zone ?
    It doesn’t make sense. Minn has 2 talented WR’s that needed to be punched and jammed at the line to interrupt their routes
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    The Vikings would absolutely love it if teams tried going man-to-man and just jamming JJ and Thielen at the line. They would be running free all day in the secondary. It’s literally what motion is for. Cousins sees they’re in man-to-man, he knows where he’s going to throw the ball before the snap.

  14. Alexander was targeted three times and didn’t allow a completion. He is also one of the five best cover corners in the game. Not having him shadow Jefferson makes absolutely no sense.

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