Packers: Top five performers vs. Vikings in Week 2 victory
By Jesse Fry
2. Kevin King
Alexander has one side covered, Kevin King can lock down the other. King also had a stellar game, and this pair gives the Packers their best tandem at cornerback since Charles Woodson and Al Harris.
King did give up the long touchdown to Stefon Diggs, but overall, he had a solid game and helped hold the duo of Diggs and Thielen to six catches and 124 yards. Those are numbers each of these players have put up individually against this team in the past.
King topped off his day by intercepting Cousins in the end zone when it looked like the Vikings might go in for the lead. Health will be an even bigger factor for King as he has finished both of his first two seasons on injured reserved. He also battled hamstring injuries during training camp and the preseason. If King can put this behind him, he, Alexander, Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, and Tramon Williams could play well enough to be the next named group in the secondary.
Before we get there, there will be tougher tests moving forward. If King and Alexander can continue to lock up the opponent’s top two receivers, the defense can take away the top options in the passing game, forcing teams to dig deep into their lineup for production.
This will make the pass rush even more effective. Making the quarterback hold the ball for a few seconds more will give the defense a little more time to get home. And so far this season, they have shown they don’t need that much time.