Jaire Alexander may be one of the best defensive football players to come out of the University of Louisville when it’s all said and done. He isn’t the biggest guy or even the most physical, but he sure does know how to make the biggest plays on each and every field he step on to. Needless to say, that was exactly the case as the Green Bay Packers took on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon.
This battle between two NFC North rivals may have ended in a tie, but Alexander had his first breakout game in the National Football League. The former Cards defensive-back finished with 8 combined tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one hit on quarterback Kirk Cousins, his first NFL sack, and a game-clinching interception (that was ultimately wiped off because of a roughing-the-passer penalty).
Take a look at Jaire’s first career NFL sack below (registered as 0.5 sack by ESPN, but still):
Jaire Alexander’s first career sack pic.twitter.com/W1neXm0wEY
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I don’t know if Vikings running back, Dalvin Cook, had flashbacks of Alexander tearing apart the Florida State Seminoles in 2016 running through his mind, but he sure didn’t want any part of Jaire on that play.
All kidding aside, Alexander proved on Sunday that he can play a large role on a team looking to make another Super Bowl in the latter years of Aaron Rodgers’ career. Green Bay used their first-round pick this past April on him for a reason, and he’s proving them right so far over the first two weeks of the year.
Alexander and the Packers will head to Washington next weekend to face the Redskins in another important NFC Showdown at 1:00 p.m. on FOX.<