5 toughest WR matchups for Packers in 2022 season

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The Green Bay Packers have arguably the best cornerback trio in the NFL, and they are going to need it in 2022.

Many of the league’s best wide receivers are on the Packers’ regular season schedule. Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes, and Rasul Douglas will have plenty of work to do.

Narrowing it down to the top five wasn’t easy, but here we go.

5. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans has been incredibly consistent, putting up over 1,000 receiving yards in each of his eight seasons in the NFL. He has also missed no more than three games in any season.

The four-time Pro Bowler continued to play at a high level no matter who his quarterback was, but with the added benefit of catching passes from Tom Brady over the past two seasons, Evans has put up an impressive 27 touchdowns.

Jaire Alexander versus Mike Evans will be a matchup to watch.

4. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

Jefferson had his way against the Packers’ secondary last season. Well, he dominated just about every defense he faced.

In just two seasons, Jefferson has already made 196 receptions for 3,016 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has been named a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro both years.

The scary part? Jefferson is just 23 years old. He is only just getting started.

3. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills

Diggs was outstanding during his time with the Vikings, but he has taken his game to a whole new level with the Bills.

Over the past two seasons, Diggs has caught 230 passes for 2,760 yards and 18 touchdowns. His route-running is up there with the very best in the NFL.

Diggs has been a Pro Bowler the past two seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2020 after leading the NFL in receptions and receiving yards.

He also averages just under 73 yards and 0.89 touchdowns per game in his career versus the Packers.

2. Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins

The Packers have actually had *some* success against Hill. In two career games versus Green Bay, Hill has made 10 catches for 113 yards with no touchdowns.

However, he can single-handedly win a game for his team, as he did so often for the Kansas City Chiefs. The three-time first-team All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler now plays for the Miami Dolphins.

But with 6,630 receiving yards and 56 touchdowns in only six seasons, it doesn’t matter who his quarterback is. Hill is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.

1. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams

Kupp’s 2021 season was one of the best for a wide receiver in NFL history.

He earned a receiving triple crown, leading the NFL in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.

According to Pro Football Reference, his 145 receptions ranked second all-time in a single season, behind only Michael Thomas’ 149 in 2019.

Kupp’s 1,947 receiving yards also ranked second all-time in a single season. Calvin Johnson is the only player with more when he put up 1,964 receiving yards in 2012.

Kupp also made a league-best 16 receiving touchdowns, tied for 15th all-time for a single season.

That’s not all. Kupp was a Super Bowl champion, won the Super Bowl MVP award, and was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year, a first-team All-Pro, and Pro Bowler.

Oh, and he also set an NFL record for most receptions in a single postseason with 33.

Yeah, the Packers’ defense will have a tough task stopping Kupp.