The Green Bay Packers were able to get a huge win on Sunday to keep their playoff hopes alive in large part thanks to the excellent play of star cornerback Jaire Alexander.
"And that was Alexander who broke it up. OH HE'S GOT A LITTLE GRIDDY! Right next to Jefferson! Take that, he says! You're not the only one who can do it!"- Jim Nantz ??? pic.twitter.com/D4XuUseCMJ
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) January 1, 2023
Jefferson had dominated in their previous matchup this year, racking up 184 yards and two touchdowns against Alexander in a Minnesota victory in Week 1.
There was a ton of back-and-forth trash talk between the two players before Sunday’s game, with Alexander calling Jefferson’s previous performance “a fluke“.
Alexander decided to address both Bayless and Sharpe after Sunday’s impressive performance, setting the record straight that he is a great cornerback.
“Tell Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless they need to watch what they say when they talk about me, you feel me? They need to watch what they put out. Talkin’ about, ‘He a good corner.’ I’m a great corner,” said Alexander via Matt Schneidman of The Athletic.
Jaire Alexander: “Tell Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless they need to watch what they say when they talk about me, you feel me? They need to watch what they put out. Talkin’ about, ‘He a good corner.’ I’m a great corner.” pic.twitter.com/a5gamcyH4U
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) January 2, 2023
The NFL world seems to agree with Alexander, saying that he deserves more respect after shutting down Jefferson.
“Walk the Walk,” tweeted Packers reporter Bill Michaels.
Walk The Walk https://t.co/72EiIdLf0W
— Bill Michaels (@Bill_Michaels) January 2, 2023
“Jaire Alexander WAS a great corner having a bad year. All the stats say that, eye test too. Nice bounce back vs JJ,” tweeted Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports.
Jaire Alexander WAS a great corner having a bad year. All the stats say that, eye test, too.
Nice bounce back vs JJ https://t.co/ED74IRnELY
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) January 2, 2023
This type of performance from Alexander will certainly be needed again in Week 18 as the Packers eye a potential playoff birth against the Detroit Lions.