The Green Bay Packers’ defense has been a turnover machine for three games this year, and it shows no signs of slowing down in that department. Through just over 30 minutes of play in week three against the Denver Broncos, the Packers have two turnovers, both fumble recoveries.
The first was a sack-strip of Joe Flacco by Preston Smith, with Rashan Gary recovering at the five-yard line. But the second? It was a magnificent individual effort by cornerback Jaire Alexander.
Following a completion from Flacco to rookie tight end Noah Fant, the Packers corner chased him down and brought him to the ground. But somehow, before Fant’s knee hit the ground, Alexander stripped the football out of his arms and into his own. Take a look at the play here:
.@JaireAlexander takes it away! #DENvsGB | #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/7phkNQyku3— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 22, 2019
After review, Alexander was ruled down at the point of recovery, the Broncos’ 37-yard line, nullifying a return., However, that allowed Matt LaFleur to dial up a gorgeous wheel route for fullback Danny Vitale.
DANNY VITALE! @RealDannyVitale hauls in the 27-yard catch to set up the #Packers TD!#DENvsGB | #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/ra0Mwz09nI— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 22, 2019
The 27-yard reception put the Packers on the doorstep of the goal line, and Aaron Jones plunged into the end zone two plays later. That was Jones’ second touchdown of the game, giving the Packers a 24-10 lead early in the third quarter.