Despite the Green Bay Packers losing in Primetime and falling to second place in the division, Jordan Love managed to silence some haters. Much like the game against the New Orleans Saints, Love had a lousy first half and made up for it in the second. Though he didn’t pull off the comeback, he had a very impressive second-half performance. Love was getting many comparisons to Aaron Rodgers after his first three games and now, it appears he may have surpassed him.
Jordan Love Appears to Have the Edge Over Rodgers Through Four Games
While statistically, it may appear that Rodgers has a slight edge, their week four performances make a huge difference. Through four games, Rodgers passed for 961 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions. Love, on the other hand, has passed for 901 yards, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions. Rodgers had a better completion percentage by six percent, giving him a slightly higher passer rating.
Very similar stats keep the comparison alive, but week four completely sets them apart. In the Packers’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008, Rodgers passed for 165 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. In their loss on Thursday to the Detroit Lions, Love passed for 246 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, along with a rushing touchdown.
These numbers look similar, but Love displayed a different level of development. His ability to lock in and deliver in the second half, regardless of the outcome, was very reassuring. Even in losses, Love has been taking great strides. This is so unbelievably important for a young quarterback trying to lead his team to a successful season. If he can use the games that don’t go in the win column to improve his game, the Packers could see the postseason in Love’s first year starting.
Green Bay Packers Looking to Achieve More Success in Love’s First Season
Rodgers finished his first season going 6-10 after starting 2-1. This would be the worst-case scenario for the 2023 Packers. Rodgers’ stats were very solid, but they weren’t enough to lead the team to a winning season. Hopefully, Love can have a different outcome to his season than Rodgers and lead the Packers to a playoff run.
There’s still plenty of time left in the season for the Packers to get back on the winning track, but they have to make significant improvements. Their offensive line will have to adjust to being depleted, and their receiving core has to get in rhythm with Love. If their offense can make adjustments and boost their chemistry, there could very well be playoff football in Green Bay.