With nine receptions, 184 yards, and two touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers, Justin Jefferson had himself a day.
The Vikings defeated the listless Packers club by a commanding score of 23-7 because of Jefferson’s outstanding performance.
His day’s first point came easily. In the first quarter, with a fourth down and a red zone situation, Jefferson signalled into space before the snap before waltzing unimpeded into the end zone.
Before the break, Kirk Cousins connected with Jefferson once again, but this time there was no defender within 10 yards of him. No one could stop him with so much room to manoeuvre.
The Packers defence was embarrassed by Jefferson’s spectacular day. Even if he’s one of the NFL’s top receivers, you should never let a player get close to 200 yards against you.
The Packers’ predicament was made worse by the possibility that, had they let Jaire Alexander, their top cornerback by a wide margin, keep up with Jefferson the whole game, they would have been able to restrict Jefferson to a greater extent.
Alexander said that he had convinced his coaches to let him play the whole game in Jefferson’s shadow after the game.
It’s not my decision why wasn’t on him, Alexander said. Anyone who has seen me play knows that’s my goal.
Justin Jefferson was left wondering how he had been so frank so often.
Regarding his second touchdown, Jefferson said, “I was afraid someone was going to come up behind me.” “Jaire wasn’t where I thought he was jogging with me,” the speaker said.
Alexander wasn’t able to stick with Jefferson the whole game, according to Jefferson, who blamed the Vikings’ offensive strategy.
Jefferson replied, “We move so much. You can’t really stay with one player when we have so many, so many players.
To enable Alexander to cover Jefferson the whole game, the Packers would have had to make some very bold choices, which was something head coach Matt LaFleur wasn’t ready to do.
You can [keep Alexander on Jefferson] if you simply commit to playing man coverage the whole game, LaFleur told reporters.
It felt like he was in motion quite a bit, just moving him all over the place, but they do a fantastic job of positioning him in various ways, whether it’s in the slot or whether it’s motioning. You’ve got to give them credit.
They positioned him in excellent areas and effectively attacked our defence.
The Packers might want to go back to the drawing board to come up with a strategy to slow down Jefferson before their rematch in Week 17 in Green Bay.
It’s not ideal to force your defence to focus entirely on stopping one player from having a field day, but after Jefferson’s monster performance on Sunday, the Packers might want to do so.