Five Packers to watch vs. Redskins in Week 14 matchup

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Green Bay Packers, Jaire Alexander
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3. Jaire Alexander

Jaire Alexander has put together a solid season. Some would say a Pro Bowl-type season. But Alexander is lacking in a few stats to be able to say with confidence he’s there.

Part of that is teams have been more willing to throw at Kevin King than at Alexander. Part of it is the middle is usually open. Still, Alexander has only one interception on the year. But with the Packers getting ready for another rookie quarterback, there should be some opportunities for Alexander to pad his stats.

Trey Quinn and Paul Richardson aren’t expected to play, leaving Terry McLaurin as their main receiving threat. With McLaurin’s speed and King’s uneven play, matching Alexander with McLaurin all game might be the best option.

McLaurin and Dwayne Haskins have a history with each other going back to Ohio State, so if Quinn and Richardson are inactive, McLaurin becomes that much more important to the Redskins when they have to pass.

If Alexander can shut down his side of the field, the Packers can load up against the run to prevent Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice from dominating the time of possession. If the Packers are able to play with a lead early, Alexander should have plenty of opportunities to add to his interception total.