What game did Jaire Alexander see? Packers DB shoots Stefon Diggs of Bills
Orchard Park, NY – Stefon Diggs and Jaire Alexander, two elite players in their place, renewed an obvious rivalry on Sunday night when they met running on the pitch during the pre-match warm-up.
The Buffalo Bills wide receiver and the Green Bay Packers cornerback met face to face and yelled at each other all the way from the tunnel to the locker room.
“I was just keeping things real with him,” Alexander said after the game. “I told him he couldn’t joke with me and he’s a kid. That’s all it was, just be honest. This is all I can do ”.
Diggs didn’t take Alexander’s assessment too kindly and let him know what was going to happen. When the game ended, Diggs had 101 yards in reception and captured his seventh touchdown of the season as a leader in the NFL in the Bills’ 27-17 win over the Packers.
After the game, Diggs said he didn’t know who started chirping in the tunnel. The two reunited again after intermission and barked at each other for around 20 seconds before retreating to their own sidelines.
All that mattered to Diggs was the end result.
“I don’t give a damn who started it, I finished it,” Diggs said. “I won. … I don’t deal with 1 on 1 battles because it is not a 1 on 1 game “.
Diggs played against Alexander four times in 2018 and 2019 while a member of the Minnesota Vikings. He continued his impressive success against the Packers on Sunday with a touchdown he received in his eighth straight game against Green Bay. In five career matchups against Alexander and the Packers, Diggs now has six touchdowns.
Despite Diggs’ success, Alexander didn’t seem very impressed after the match. He also scolded Diggs’s assessment of the battle.
“I finished it,” said Alexander. “I always thought he was a decent receiver, but I don’t have much more to say about him.”
The puzzling part of the Diggs-Alexander drama is that the two players barely faced each other in a one-on-one setting. Alexander covered Diggs on only three occasions in the game and was Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas who was in cover on Diggs’s sensational touchdown. Bills quarterback Josh Allen said earlier this week that he believed Alexander would travel with Diggs for most of the game, but it just didn’t happen.
Diggs said he doesn’t know why this meeting was livelier than most weeks. Bills manager Sean McDermott said Alexander is a great player and Diggs is a contender.
“I think there is respect between the two of them for each other’s game,” McDermott said. “But this happens from time to time, and I know it keeps Stef going and he’s a competitive player, a competitive person, and I love watching him.”
Allen said Diggs shows the competitive spirit in every game. After his touchdown, Gabe Davis and Isaiah McKenzie had to stop Diggs from chasing Douglas to let him know more about the play he had just made against him.
“The kind of energy that leads to our sideline is second to none,” Allen said. “Obviously, there are times when we don’t need it. But again, I think it’s always good when you have to tell guys to calm down instead of overdoing it.
The Bills’ offense started hot on Sunday Night Football but cooled in the second half. Allen threw two unusual interceptions on bad decisions and the Bills were held at just one basket out of five possessions.
Diggs said most weeks the Bills don’t have to talk much, but he’s ready to match any team’s energy if he has to. The Bills didn’t have their A-game against the Packers, but whatever they had was more than enough.
“No matter how a game approaches, I’m a leader on this soccer team,” Diggs said. “I will continue to be a leader and lead by example. And I will not be fooled by anyone “.
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