Going into Week 14, the Green Bay Packers were feeling themselves, and why not? They had won three games in a row, including a big Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions, and they followed it up with a huge primetime win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Suddenly, after a 2-5 start, the Packers were 6-6 and in the final NFC Wild Card spot. And with no remaining games against teams with winning records, Green Bay suddenly looked like they were a shoo-in to make the playoffs and could potentially even compete for the division title.
That’s when Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander took things a little too far. The outspoken defender never shies away from talking, and this week was no exception.
“I’m not going to say I’m a prophet, but I called it. I said we were going to win out,” Alexander said, per USA TODAY’s Ryan Wood.
To be clear, this is something he’s been saying for a while now, but he reiterated it again this past week.
Let’s check in on how that prediction is doing:
Despite being 5.5-point favorites over the 4-8 Giants, the Packers lost, dropping their overall record to 6-7. Green Bay nearly pulled off a comeback victory over New York after an unforced fumble from Saquon Barkley gave them life. But despite scoring the go-ahead touchdown with under two minutes left, the Packers defense allowed Giants third-string (and rookie) quarterback Tommy Devito to drive 57 yards for the game-winning field goal.
Alexander didn’t even play in the game, by the way, as he continues to battle through a shoulder injury.
The win was huge for the Lions, as they look to clinch their first division title since 1993. Essentially, their magic number to claim the NFC North is two for the Packers and three for the Vikings with four games remaining. Each remaining Lions win or Packers/Vikings loss takes a tally off that magic number.
So, essentially, the Lions need just two wins in their final four games, provided one of those wins comes against the Vikings. And there are plenty of other possible scenarios if the Packers and Vikings lose another game or two.