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Packers’ Jaire Alexander brutally roasts Bears fans ahead of matchup

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Green Bay Packers star cornerback Jaire Alexander seems to know exactly how the rivalry with the Chicago Bears works.

Speaking to reporters after the final practice session of the second week on Sept. 16, Alexander made it clear that he wants “a shutout” against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football following the disappointing performance of the Packers defense against the Minnesota Vikings in last season opener . Justin Jefferson walked away with nine catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns against a secondary who was forecast to be one of the best in the NFL, raising some doubts about the quality of their defense.

“I want a shutout,” Alexander said. “I would be happy about a shutout. I’d be super happy because there’s been a lot of talk about defense so I just want us to be at the top.”

However, when the 2020 All-Pro was asked for his take on the Chicago rivalry, he couldn’t resist adding a little fuel to the fire and toasting the Bears – and their fans – on how the series has gone while he there was (7-1 in favor of the Packers).

“I always say things could be a lot worse, I could be a Bears fan,” joked Alexander. “But they’ve always been fun to play against because I know it’s always a good game.”

To prepare specifically for the Bears, Alexander said he watched their Week 1 win over San Francisco “like eight times” to watch their receivers and pick up various blocking and route-running tendencies that gave him a Week 2 one can provide advantage.

“We have to stay on top of our receivers like all the time. That’s the biggest thing,” Alexander said. “And 32 [David Montgomery] is a good running back and we have to respect him too. And number 11 [Darnell Mooney] is really fast.”

The emphasis for the Packers cornerbacks on sticking to their receivers comes from Bears quarterback Justin Fields’ scrambling ability. He has a knack for extending plays with his mobility, even showing an example of this against the 49ers when he climbed out of the pocket and threw a wide-open Dante Pettis back across the field for a 51-yard touchdown reception .

“He’s doing a good job of lengthening the plays,” Alexander said. “We have to be good at staying on our receivers for about 10 seconds. Normal plays last around four to six seconds, but he can extend them to around 10 seconds.

“Often receivers run their original route and then a different route with a scrambling quarterback. So they run like two or three different tracks in one game. That makes it harder to defend a squirming quarterback.”

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