Jaire Alexander is preparing for a seventh meeting with the Bears after missing both games last year for the Packers.
Green Bay Packers star corner Jaire Alexander seems to have a clear idea of how the rivalry with the Chicago Bears works.
Alexander spoke to reporters after the final practice of Week 2 on Sept. 16 and made it clear that he wants “a whitewash” against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football after the disappointing performance the Packers defense had against the Minnesota Vikings in their season opener last week. week. Justin Jefferson went off with nine receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns against a secondary that was projected to be one of the NFL’s best, raising some questions about the quality of their defense.
“I want a shutout,” Alexander said. “I’d be thrilled with a whitewash. I’d be super happy because there’s been a lot of talk about the defense, so I just want us to be on top.”
“I always say things could be a lot worse, I could be a Bears fan,” Alexander joked. “But it’s always been fun to play against them because I know it’s always a good game.”
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To prepare specifically for the Bears, Alexander said he watched their Week 1 win over San Francisco “like eight times” to watch his receivers and spot different tendencies with blocking and routes that can give him an edge in Week 2.
“We have to stay on our receivers, like all the time. That’s the biggest thing,” Alexander said. “And 32 [David Montgomery] is a good runner and we have to respect him, too. and No. 11 [Darnell Mooney] is really fast.”
The Packers’ cornerbacks’ emphasis on sticking to their receivers stems from the rambunctious ability of Bears quarterback Justin Fields. He has a special ability to extend plays with his mobility and even showed an example of that against the 49ers when he stepped out of the pocket and threw back across the field to a wide-open Dante Pettis for a 51-yard touchdown reception.
“He does a good job extending plays,” Alexander said. “We have to be good at staying on our receivers for about 10 seconds. Normal plays are four to six seconds, but he can extend them to about 10 seconds.
“A lot of times, receivers run their initial route and then, with a quarterback rushing, they run a different route. So they’re running two or three different routes on one play. That’s what makes it harder to defend a quarterback in a hurry.”