After being selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, quarterback Jordan Love has had to remain patient for his opportunity at Green Bay. Unlike fellow first-round picks that year, Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, and Justin Herbert, he was not drafted to be an immediate starter.
The Packers selected Love as a long-term replacement for future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers. In his first three seasons with the franchise, the Utah State player started just one game. However, Rodgers’ shock exit earlier this year meant he was promoted to the starting QB role sooner than expected.
Love Now Taking Packers in the Right Direction
After winning three of their four matches between week eight and week 12, Green Bay Packers now have Super Bowl odds of +8000. If Love can lead his side to the Vince Lombardi Trophy in his first full season, that would be an impressive achievement for the QB.
Green Bay Packers are likely to be among the NFL tips for the NFC North title this season, as they beat leader Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. That result puts them in the mix for the playoffs and the divisional crown.
Love was 22-32 in that game. He threw 268 passing yards and had three passing touchdowns. He set the tone on his opening drive of the game, scoring a touchdown to give his side an early lead in the divisional contest.
Unlike the Lions’ Jared Goff, Love looked after the ball well and he thrived in the prime-time slot. It was a win that will give him and his teammates a lot of confidence about what they can achieve this season.
Tough Job Playing Under Rodgers’ Shadow
As many quarterbacks have found in New England after Tom Brady left the Patriots, replacing a legend like Rodgers in Green Bay was always going to be a tough task. Rodgers consistently delivered exceptional performances for the franchise, helping them to the Super Bowl title in 2010.
One of the benefits Love has had is that he has shadowed the four-time regular season MVP winner since 2020, something that would have helped his development in the NFL. He has also had time to work on the team’s playbook in practice over the last three years.
Love has formed a great relationship with his receivers this season. That is ensuring the offense is firing with the QB as its leader. He also has strong running backs behind him, as A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones have both had a lot of success in the NFL.
Just like Patrick Mahomes, Jalon Hurts and Lamar Jackson, Love is a durable QB that is equally as comfortable with his legs as he is with his arm. He can hurt defenses in several ways, as the best QBs in the league all can.
As painful as losing Rodgers was for Packers fans, they are now excited about what the future holds. Love has shown is a player that is going to be around for a long time at QB and he could be the man who leads them back to the Super Bowl.