Jordan Love was great in a huge win over the Chiefs in Week 13. (Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Getty Images)
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The Packers’ promise
You might not believe it if you watched the Green Bay Packers play on Sunday night, but there was a chapter of the season when their fans were circulating photoshops of Caleb Williams in green and gold. Middling performances from an offense loaded with youth struggling under the weight of mistakes had many thinking a slide was incoming for the Packers — but quite the opposite has happened.
Now, after beating the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football in Week 13, one week after demolishing the Lions on Thanksgiving, the national audience knows what’s happening in Green Bay. Every football watcher in the nation knows that Jordan Love is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league right now. He captained his team to a win over Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs and no matter what you think of the officiating at the end of the game — there’s a lot to unpack there — the team that played better football won on Sunday night.
Love was pitching heat all night against one of the best defenses in the NFL. It was a full showcase of his arm talent as he moved off platform and threw from a variety of angles. It was his fifth-straight game over 7.0 yards per attempt, third-straight without a turnover and second in a row with three touchdown passes.
Love’s play is a beautiful reminder that progression isn’t linear. He came out strong from a box score perspective with six touchdowns to zero interceptions to start 2023. The play wasn’t as impressive as the numbers and he predictably stumbled. From Weeks 3 to 9, Love threw eight picks and the Packers won two games.
Then something changed in the Week 10 loss where, again, the play didn’t match the numbers. Love played way better than his 71.8 passer rating indicated.
He’s been on a tear ever since. As always, Watch. The. Games.
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