Packers: Five players key to victory in Week 8 vs. Vikings

Green Bay Packers, Jamaal Williams (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Josh Jackson
Green Bay Packers, Josh Jackson (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

1. Josh Jackson

In week one, the Packers matched Jaire Alexander up against Adam Thielen. Thielen had a good game with six receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown, with most of that coming after the game was already well in hand.

The Vikings didn’t really have another receiving threat on the roster the Packers had to worry about, so focusing on Thielen was the main goal.

Since then, Justin Jefferson has developed into a full-fledged number one receiver. The Vikings now have the dangerous one-two combo Cousins became accustomed to with Stefon Diggs and Thielen.

It looks as if the Packers will be without Kevin King for the third week in a row, which means Josh Jackson will be getting his third straight start.

Alexander has proven he will be able to handle who ever he lines up against. Mike Pettine has no issues leaving Alexander on an island and letting him do his thing. Jackson has been building on solid play the last three weeks and will get another chance to shine versus the Vikings.

The Packers took Alexander and Jackson with consecutive picks in the 2018 draft with this scenario in mind.

You can never have too many good cornerbacks in the NFL and it looks like the Packers have a few. If Jackson can put together another solid outing against the Vikings, the Packers can have a ton of confidence moving forward against tougher opponents and what may come in the playoffs should they make it.