Throwing outside the numbers has yet to be friendly to Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love this season. Per Warren Sharp of Sharp Football Analysis, Love is 21st in the NFL among quarterbacks in efficiency throwing outside the numbers. The Packers’ signal-caller has posted 0.18 expected points added (EPA) per pass attempt in the metric, placing him just outside the top 20 in the NFL.
QB efficiency throwing outside the numbers
1. Brock Purdy (0.73 EPA/att)
2. Josh Allen (0.47 EPA/att)
3. Tua Tagovailoa (0.45 EPA/att)
4. Patrick Mahomes (0.39 EPA/att)
5. Russell Wilson (0.37 EPA/att)
6. Joshua Dobbs (0.35 EPA/att)
7. Matthew Stafford (0.33 EPA/att)
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 11, 2023
NFC North QBs in Efficiency Throwing Outside the Numbers
However, Love does not own the lowest EPA/attempt in the NFC North regarding passing outside the numbers. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (-0.09 EPA/att) is 31st of 32nd in that category. Additionally, life will only get more challenging for Cousins and the Vikings, with superstar wideout Justin Jefferson heading to the IR. Love trails Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff by just one spot in efficiency passing outside the numbers. Chicago Bears dual-threat gunslinger Justin Fields is the only NFC North quarterback in the top ten in this metric. The potential franchise quarterback is in ninth in efficiency, throwing outside the numbers (0.32 EPA/att).
Green Bay Packers QB Jordan Love; Hit-or-Miss
After opening the season with a three-touchdown, no-interception performance against the Chicago Bears, Jordan Love threw another three touchdowns and no interceptions against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2. However, Love’s performance has flipped over the past three games. The former first-round pick has thrown just two touchdowns against an ugly six interceptions during that span. More importantly, Green Bay is 1-2 in those games. Love’s worst game came last week against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football. The Utah State product looked erratic, throwing three interceptions and continuously missing throws or making poor reads.
Jordan Love is in his first season as the heir-apparent to future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers. Love, the 26th pick in the 2020 NFL draft, sat behind Rodgers from 2021-2022 but took over after the latter got traded to the New York Jets. Rodgers spent 18 seasons with the Packers, winning one Super Bowl and being named All-Pro four times. The now-39-year-old also sat on the bench with Green Bay during his first few seasons, playing behind another Hall of Famer in Brett Favre. Favre also won a Super Bowl during his 16 years playing for the Packers.