Green Bay Packers at New York Jets: 5 matchups to watch

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5. Jaire Alexander vs Robby Anderson

Jaire Alexander has had a rather difficult task over the past few weeks. He has been steadily growing all season long, and that allowed the coaches to feel confident enough to allow him to guard the opposing team’s top wideouts for the majority of the game. The rookie out of Louisville has had to take on Julio Jones, Adam Thielen and Allen Robinson in three of the past four games. He’s played well, and he is going to get better.

Robby Anderson is the younger version of Tampa Bay’s DeSean Jackson. He doesn’t receive a ton of volume, but he has the ability to take any catch to the house with his elite speed. He caught a season-high seven balls out of 11 targets including a touchdown. He has never been much of a volume receiver, but he could develop into that if he is able to build his chemistry with the rookie Darnold during the offseason.

Alexander has the speed to run with Anderson, and he has the ability to eliminate him from the Jets’ gameplan. That will be his goal on Sunday afternoon. Force someone else on this Jets offense to beat you because none of them have shown the ability to do so this year, especially with running back Isaiah Crowell now on injured reserve. If Alexander plays up to the standard he has set for himself, Anderson is going to have a brutal day.