The Green Bay Packers have one of the oldest and most cherished histories in all of professional sports. While there have been literal dozens of Hall of Fame players to have donned the Green and Gold (or Blue and Yellow, depending on the era). As of late, a great deal of discussion has been around their Hall of Fame (and future Hall of Fame) quarterbacks.
Currently, the Packers have three quarterbacks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Arnie Herber, Bart Starr, and Brett Favre. Of course, it is presumed that Aaron Rodgers will join them in Canton when he decides to call it career, whenever that may be.
When the Packers traded Rodgers to the New York Jets this past offseason, many discussions surrounding the team regarded how they were fortunate to have 30 years of Hall of Fame quarterback play. The question was whether or not they would have found a third straight great quarterback in Jordan Love, or would they need to find yet another one soon due to possible poor play from their new starter.
While Love and the 2023 Packers’ offense have certainly been inconsistent, they have won three of their last four games and have looked better and better as the season has progressed.
12 Games Into His Career, Jordan Love Has Made Green Bay Packers History
Prior to the 2023 NFL season, Love made one prior career start: a challenging game on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021. To be certain, Love looked far from the quarterback that he is now, finishing with 190 yards passing, a touchdown, and an interception.
Much has changed since then. This season (11 games), he has 2,599 passing yards (the same amount Rodgers had through his first 11 games as the starter in 2008), 19 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Additionally, the Packers revealed that Love became the first quarterback in franchise history to have three games with three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in his first 12 starts:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 29, 2023
The three games this season in which Love has accomplished this feat were Week One against the Chicago Bears, Week Two against the Atlanta Falcons, and on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions.
Aaron Rodgers had just one game with three touchdowns and zero interceptions through his first 12 NFL starts. He had just two the whole season in 2008.
Brett Favre also had just one game with three touchdowns and no interceptions through his first 12 NFL starts. It was the only such game he had in 1992. In fact, he had more games (two) with no touchdown passes and three interceptions.
If Love continues throwing touchdowns at his current pace (1.7 per game), he will finish with 29 or 30, which would be a Packers’ record for a first-year starter.
Love is also averaging 236 passing yards per game. If he keeps up that pace, he will finish with 4,016 passing yards, which would be just 22 yards shy of Rodgers’ mark in 2008 (fun fact: no Chicago Bears quarterback has ever thrown for 4,000 yards in a season).
While this does not mean that the Packers have their next Hall of Fame quarterback, it is a pretty good indication that they have someone special under center again.