Stefon Diggs, Jaire Alexander begin trash discuss early, dispute who ‘completed it’

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The chippiness between Buffalo Payments receiver Stefon Diggs and Inexperienced Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander started when each gamers ran out of the tunnel on the identical time for pregame warm-ups. However the way it ended? Nicely, that relies on who you ask.

“I don’t give a f— who started it, I finished it. I got the win,” Diggs stated after the Payments defeated the Packers 27-17 on Sunday Night time Soccer. “I don’t deal with moral victories. I don’t deal with one-on-one battles because it’s not a one-on-one game. … It’s a team effort, and I got a dub. I feel like at the end of the day there are no moral victories.”

Alexander provided a distinct perspective.

“Nah, I don’t either,” Alexander stated when requested who began the verbal trade. “I finished it.”

The trash discuss seemingly started when Diggs was noticed operating sideways and yelling at Alexander on their manner out of the tunnel. Their feud continued because the groups filed again to their locker rooms, and picked up once more after they had been popping out of the tunnel for the second half.

Diggs was as soon as once more the Payments’ main receiver on Sunday evening, with a game-high 6 receptions for 108 yards and a landing catch. Nonetheless, Alexander was not the closest defender on any of Diggs’ targets, per NFL NextGen Stats. Alexander lined up towards Diggs on solely three of his routes (13%).

Diggs and Alexander had beforehand confronted one another throughout two seasons when Diggs performed for the Packers’ NFC North rival, the Minnesota Vikings. Diggs, who spent his first 5 NFL seasons in Minnesota, turned the primary participant to attain a landing in eight consecutive video games towards Inexperienced Bay.

“I mean, I always thought he was a decent receiver, but not much I can say about him,” said Alexander, who also said he was “simply retaining it actual” and told Diggs when they came out of the tunnel before the game that Diggs “could not mess with me,” referring to the receiver as “just a little boy.”

In the first quarter, while Diggs was on the ground recovering his own fumble, Alexander ran over and appeared to push down on Diggs’ helmet.

Alexander also appeared to exchange words with Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis, whom he lined up against on 60.9% of Davis’ routes (14). Davis was targeted four times with zero receptions with Alexander as the nearest defender.

And Diggs at times got into it with Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas, who gave up 3 receptions for 85 yards and the touchdown as the nearest defender on Diggs. Following his 26-yard TD catch, Diggs had to be held back by teammates Isaiah McKenzie and Davis from getting near Douglas.

“In fact I’ll be aggressive and set the tone. They usually grabbed me in an important second,” Diggs said. “I might’ve had a flag. So it isn’t a lot so far as like going after a man, however he is aware of to be sensible. That is simply how this sport goes when it will get just a little chippy.”

There appeared to be no love lost between the Bills’ offense and the Packers’ defense throughout the game.

“It is probably the most speaking that is ever been with one other group,” Diggs said. “Trigger I do not know why. You realize, we do not actually do an excessive amount of speaking. You have seen us week in and week out. We simply go in and attempt to get the job achieved. It occurs this manner generally. I do not care. Irrespective of how a sport approaches, I am a frontrunner on this soccer group, I’ll proceed to be a frontrunner and I’ll lead by instance. And I am not going to get pushed round by no one.”

Diggs on Sunday turned the primary Payments participant with 100 receiving yards and a receiving landing in three straight video games since Elbert Dubenion (1964). He additionally tied Dubenion for probably the most video games with 100 receiving yards and a receiving landing in a season in franchise historical past (5). Diggs is now tied with Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce for probably the most landing receptions this season (seven).

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky and The Related Press contributed to this report.