Stefon Diggs, Jaire Alexander start trash talk early, dispute who ‘finished it’

ORCHARD PARK, NY — Chippiness between Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs and Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander began when both players ran out of the tunnel at the same time to warm up before the game. But how did it end? Well that depends on who you ask.

“I don’t care who started it, I finished it. I won,” Diggs said after the Bills beat the Packers 27-17 on Sunday Night Football. “I’m not concerned with moral victories. I don’t engage in one-on-one combat because it’s not a one-on-one game. … It’s a team effort and I have a dub. I feel like at the end of the day there are no moral victories.”

Alexander offered a different perspective.

“No, neither do I,” Alexander said when asked who started the verbal exchange. “I ended it.”

The trash talk apparently started when Diggs was seen running sideways and yelling at Alexander on his way out of the tunnel. Their feud continued as the teams returned to their dressing rooms and resumed when they emerged from the tunnel for the second half.

Diggs was the Bills’ leading receiver again Sunday night, with a game-high 6 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown catch. However, according to NFL NextGen Stats, Alexander wasn’t the closest defender on any of Diggs’ goals. Alexander only faced Diggs on three of his routes (13%).

Diggs and Alexander previously faced each other in two seasons when Diggs played for the Packers’ NFC North rivals the Minnesota Vikings. Diggs, who spent his first five NFL seasons in Minnesota, became the first player to score a touchdown in eight straight games against Green Bay.

“I mean, I always thought he was a decent receiver, but I can’t say much about him,” said Alexander, who also said he was “just being honest,” telling Diggs as they exited the tunnel before the tunnel came game that Diggs “couldn’t mess with me” and described the recipient as “a little boy.”

In the first quarter, with Diggs down and regaining his own fumble, Alexander ran over and appeared to push Diggs’ helmet down.

Alexander also appeared to exchange words with Bill’s wide receiver Gabe Davis, whom he faced in 60.9% of Davis’ stretches (14). Davis was targeted four times with no receptions with Alexander as the next defender.

And Diggs came into play at times with Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas giving up 3 receptions for 85 yards and the touchdown as the closest defender on Diggs. After his 26-yard TD catch, Diggs had to be stopped from getting close to Douglas by teammates Isaiah McKenzie and Davis.

“Of course I will be aggressive and set the tone. And they grabbed me at a crucial moment,” said Diggs. “I could have had a flag. So it’s not so much like chasing after a guy, but he knows he has to be smart.

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

“It’s the most conversation that’s ever been had with any other team,” Diggs said. “Because I don’t know why. You know, we don’t really talk much. You saw us week after week. We just go in and try to get the job done. That’s how it happens sometimes… I don’t care. No matter how a game approaches, I am a leader on this football team, I will continue to be a leader and I will lead by example. And I won’t do it without being pushed around by anyone.”

Diggs on Sunday became the first Bills player with 100 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in three straight games since Elbert Dubenion (1964). He also tied Dubenion for the most games for 100 yards and a touchdown in a season in franchise history (five). Diggs is now tied with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce for most touchdown receptions this season (seven).

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

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