The Green Bay Packers fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-19 in their Week 10 matchup. The loss marks the Packers’ sixth consecutive loss in the city of Pittsburgh dating back to 1980. The last quarterback to win a game against the Steelers on the road was Hall of Famer Bart Starr back in 1970, his final year as a starter.
It’s been a while.
Jordan Love and the Packers nearly pulled off the victory on Sunday, but were unable to overcome costly mistakes and abysmally poor run defense. Love threw two interceptions, both of which were intended for Christian Watson in the endzone.
While the second interception was thrown in a nearly impossible situation (Pittsburgh had seven defensive backs at the goal line, the first one was yet another 50/50 ball that Watson failed to make a play on. Despite Watson’s six-foot-five and 200 pound frame, he has yet to catch a meaningful 50/50 ball this season.
This is not to say that Watson won’t figure it out eventually. He will. But he is going through it right now. However, one member of his family seems to think Watson is already where he needs to be, and his quarterback is to blame for the lack of big connections between the two.
Christian Watson’s Brother Blames Green Bay Packers Quarterback Jordan Love for Interceptions
As many fans are well aware, Love has thrown 10 interceptions this season. Of those 10, five of them have come when targeting Watson. Over the course of the season, many have been quick to point out things Watson could have done differently to change the outcome of those passes, such as playing more physically against smaller defensive backs.
However, Watson’s brother took to Twitter (X) yesterday to cast all of the blame on Love:
4 ints right?
Today: db has perfect leverage and bad ball placement
Oakland curl route: thrown to leverage of db and allows him to get hand on it
Oakland end of game: he’s wide open and it’s an underthrown ball right to the db
Lions: tipped ball forced poorly
— Tre Watson Sr. (@MDQue_33) November 12, 2023
Now, Watson’s brother does make some good points: there absolutely can be better throws in those situations. That being said, Watson has too much talent to allow defensive backs to get position on him.
Watson’s brother goes onto say, later in the thread, that he is not throwing Love under the bus, but that the entire offense needs to play better, his brother included.
The Green Bay Packers Did Not Do Their Young Players Any Favors
The fact of the matter is that the Packers’ offense is the youngest in the NFL, by a large margin. Prior to the season, the only pass catcher on the roster that had more than one season’s worth of games of NFL experience was Josiah Deguara. There have been no veterans in the wide receiver room to help Watson and the other young wide receivers learn how to be NFL pass catchers.
And the fault of this lies on the front office. This is the position they put themselves in while also expecting that the offense would be good enough to fairly and accurately evaluate Jordan Love.
It can be argued that Love (this season) and his pass catchers (last season and this season) have shown enough promise to be quality players in the future. The issues, as stated, is that they are learning without veterans to lead them and who won’t make the mistakes that the offense is constantly making.
While the focus of fans is on draft position, the focus of the front office should also be on bringing in quality veteran players who can help the young wide receivers especially assimilate to the NFL.