The Green Bay Packers are 1-1 after their first two games of the season. Due to their win being against a division rival (the Chicago Bears), they are in first place in the NFC North despite the Detroit Lions have an identical 1-1 record.
It has been quite the rollercoaster through the first two weeks. There has been plenty to love (pun intended) about the offense despite it being Jordan Love’s first year as the starting quarterback. However, there have been plenty of frustrating things as well, on both offense and defense.
With such a young team (Green Bay has the second-youngest offense in the NFL), growing pains and learning moments are to be expected. That being said, the Packers (and Love in particular) have exceeded the expectations many had for them before the season began.
Following the loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week Two, there is a great deal of pessimism surrounding the team from fans. But there should not be, as these wild but true stats show.
1. Green Bay Packers Quarterback Jordan Love Leads the NFL in Touchdown Passes and Passer Rating
Many who want to be miserable just look at Love’s 55.8% completion percentage through the first two games. However, in their misery, they miss the fact that Love leads the NFL with six touchdown passes (tied with Kirk Cousins) and in passer rating (118.8).
Fun fact: Love is just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for three touchdown passes and no interceptions in two of his first three career starts. The others: Kurt Warner, Patrick Mahomes, and Case Keenum.
2. The Green Bay Packers Have the 2nd-Most Points Scored in the NFL
Green Bay scored 38 points in their Week One win over the Chicago Bears, and 24 points in their Week Two loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Their 62 points combined are the second-most in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys (70) are the only team with more.
Of course, not all of the Packers’ points have been scored by the offense/Anders Carlson. Quay Walker had an interception against the Bears that he returned for a touchdown.
Speaking of points, Green Bay has a +17 point differential. This is the third-highest in the NFC and sixth-highest in the NFL.
3. Aaron Jones Leads All NFL Running Backs in Receiving Yards
Despite sitting out the Packers’ Week Two loss to the Falcons, Aaron Jones’ 86 receiving yards in Week One have him atop the receiving leaders among running backs.
Bijan Robinson, whose heroics led to Green Bay’s demise on Sunday ranks third with 75.
Bonus Fun Fact
Packers tight end Luke Musgrave ranks eighth in the NFL among tight ends with 75 receiving yards. Darren Waller of the New York Giants is first with 112. Musgrave’s fellow 2023 NFL Draft pick Sam LaPorta is fifth with 102.