GREEN BAY, Wis. – The defensive backs of the Green Bay Packers prided themselves before the start of the season on the possibility of forming the best secondary line in the NFL.
They came back to earth pretty quickly.
The Packers (0-1) prepare for Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Bears (1-0) while trying to figure out what led to their 23-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in a raise curtain.
The Packers bowed in particular because of their inability to neutralize Justin Jefferson. The latter scored two majors, caught nine passes and racked up a career-high 184 yards.
« We know we’re definitely better than what we’ve shown, » cornerback Eric Stokes said. We have to prove it to everyone. »
The Packers had high expectations for their defensive backs after re-signing Rasul Douglas and reuniting with Jaire Alexander, who was sidelined for most of the 2021 season with a shoulder injury.
Alexander signed a four-year contract extension worth a total of $84 million with a $30 million signing bonus.
Along with safeties Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage, the Packers believed that Alexander, Douglas and Stokes would form one of the best defensive back trios in the Goodell league.
The tertiary line looked ordinary against the Vikings. Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 277 yards and threw two touchdowns without being intercepted.
« It wasn’t good enough on our part, » Amos admitted.
Packers defensive backs said communication has improved in practice this week. They are convinced that this will lead to better performance.
« It’s prime time, » Stokes said. It’s Sunday evening. There’s no better way to show everyone what you really are. »