3. Mike Evans is shut down by Jaire Alexander
Given Kevin King’s size and physicality, he might be the obvious choice to match up with Bucs star wide receiver Mike Evans. But with King’s status up in the air for this game and given how well Jaire Alexander has been playing, we might see the opposite.
Another star Bucs receiver who could return for this game is Chris Godwin, but with Godwin regularly lining up in the slot, Alexander’s role could be to slow down Evans. And I’m confident he will.
Evans has been Tom Brady’s number one target this season and has caught at least one touchdown in all five games this season with a total of six on the year. But he’s also yet to come up against a corner as talented as Alexander this season, who played a huge role in limiting Calvin Ridley to a total of zero catches two weeks ago. Ridley has posted over 100 yards receiving in the other four games he’s played this season, but he had zero yards against the Packers.
Following the Packers’ win in Week 4, Alexander was Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded cornerback in the NFL. He’s played some of the best football of his career to start the season.
Evans still isn’t 100 percent, either. He has been dealing with an ankle injury and didn’t practice on Wednesday.
This won’t be an easy matchup for the Packers defense, but Alexander comes up with another big game and prevents Evans from having another dominant performance.