Green Bay Packers‘ young quarterback, Jordan Love, has had a very solid start to his season for a first-year starter. We won’t go as far as to say he’s elite just yet, but his time could be coming. He’s been getting a lot of recognition from fans and analysts around the NFL, and even some scouts have taken notice. Leading the Packers to a 2-1 record through the first three weeks is great, but his true test will be on Thursday Night Football against the rival Detroit Lions.
Green Bay Packers at a Disadvantage in Primetime Matchup With the Lions
While the Packers are getting two star players back in Aaron Jones and Christian Watson, they will once again be without Jaire Alexander. Alexander was perhaps the most important player to get back for this game, but they will be going up against Jared Goff’s passing game with a depleted secondary.
The Detroit Lions will also have running back David Montgomery and left tackle Taylor Decker returning, significantly improving the Lions’ run game. With their offense at just about full peak, it will be very difficult to stop. It would be unrealistic to expect the Packers to hold Detroit to under 25 points, and even that number feels small.
What this means for Jordan Love
Though his career has been short, Love must have the best performance of his young career if he wants to win against Detroit. Green Bay will need to score the ball almost every drive, and Jones can only do so much. Especially coming off an injury, they will still likely remain a pass-heavy offense.
We should expect to see a number of deep shots to Watson and hopefully, Love can deliver some clean passes. It wouldn’t be wise to rely on someone making their season debut to make a play. It will be up to Love to live up to the moment and win the biggest game of the season thus far. If he once again rises to the occasion, he very well may become a star overnight.