4 Packers to blame for heavy loss to Vikings in Week 8

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The Green Bay Packers confirmed what we already knew entering Week 8. They are one of the worst teams in football. Green Bay suffered another brutal loss, this time at the hands of the division-rival Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota tried desperately to allow Green Bay back into the game. The Vikings missed a field goal, had another blocked, and fumbled deep in their own territory. But the Packers managed only 10 points, scored once in four red-zone trips, and failed to score a first-half touchdown for the fifth straight game.

The Packers have lost four in a row. Since beating the Chicago Bears in the season opener, Green Bay's only victory required a miracle fourth-quarter comeback against the New Orleans Saints.

The entire team deserves blame for the Week 8 performance, but these Packers stood out.

4. Jaire Alexander

Whether it's due to the back injury he is playing through or simply a lack of confidence, Jaire Alexander isn't playing anywhere near his All-Pro best. This season could be the worst of Alexander's career.

In the home matchup against Minnesota last year, Alexander shut down All-Pro receiver Justin Jefferson. But it was a completely different story on Sunday. Jefferson missed the game through injury, but Vikings rookie receiver Jordan Addison regularly had his way against Alexander.

The most significant was a 20-yard touchdown catch to put the Vikings up 24-3 in the third quarter. Alexander tried to get his hands on Addison, but the Vikings' first-round pick ran past the All-Pro corner with ease to score his seventh touchdown of the season.

Alexander had four tackles but no pass breakups while also giving up the touchdown to Addison.

According to Pro Football Reference, Alexander was allowing a quarterback rating of 146.8 entering Week 8. He didn't do much to help those numbers against Minnesota.