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Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) rolls out of the pocket to pass. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)
January 2nd, 2024
Quarterback Jordan Love drew headlines long before he became a full-time starter of the Green Bay Packers. In 2020, the year after Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay to the NFC Championship Game, Love was selected with the 26th overall pick when the Packers traded up with the Miami Dolphins — a controversial move that shocked the NFL world and reportedly exacerbated the downfall of Rodgers' relationship with Green Bay's front office.
The former Utah State Aggie served as backup to Rodgers for the next three seasons until the four-time NFL MVP was traded to the New York Jets ahead of the 2023 season. Now a full-time starter for Green Bay, Love is attempting to prove his mettle as a former first-round draft pick. With the Packers in the playoff hunt and Love ranked third in the NFL in touchdown passes, he's showing plenty of potential.
Below YouBet does a deep dive into Love's early career and explores his regular-season record against every NFL team.
Love's first start of the 2023 season came against division rival Chicago, who was slightly favored at home but got pummeled by the Packers 38-20. In the win, Love went 15-of-27 for 245 yards and threw three touchdown passes while posting a 123.2 quarterback rating.
Love also became just the third different quarterback, behind Brett Favre and Rodgers, to start Week 1 since 1993.
Following his first 300-yard passing performance, Love carried the momentum into a road matchup with the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day of 2023. With Green Bay entering the game as a 7.5-point underdog, Love set the tone early, hitting Christian Watson on a 53-yard pass on the first play of the game. Love finished with a career-tying three touchdown passes and went 22-of-32 for 268 yards. He also recorded a career-long 37-yard run late in the fourth quarter to seal a 29-22 victory.
The Packers extended their win streak to three in Week 13 of the 2023 season with an upset win over reigning Super Bowl champ Kansas City.
The Chiefs were the first opponent Love faced as a starter back in 2021, when Love was elevated to first string after Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19. In that first matchup with the Chiefs, Love completed 19 of 34 passes for 190 yards, with one touchdown and an interception in a 13-7 defeat.
In the rematch in 2023, Love put on a much stronger performance, going 25-of-36 through the air for 267 yards. He also added three touchdown passes, two of which went to Watson.
Green Bay reached paydirt on three of its first four drives and never trailed the Chiefs in the 27-19 win.
Jordan Love: highest-graded QB in the NFL since week 12 (90.4) 🤯 pic.twitter.com/rAV2cj3Rxd— PFF GB Packers (@PFF_Packers) January 2, 2024
Jordan Love: highest-graded QB in the NFL since week 12 (90.4) 🤯 pic.twitter.com/rAV2cj3Rxd
In a 23-20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 11, Love achieved the first 300-yard passing performance of his NFL career. Completing 27 of 40 passes, Love finished with 322 yards through the air and connected with Romeo Doubs on a 24-yard touchdown to give Green Bay the go-ahead score with 2:33 remaining.
Love split wins with division rival Minnesota in 2023, with a 24-10 loss in Week 8 followed by a 33-10 victory in Week 17. In the latter matchup, Love had one of the best performances of his early career, completing 24-of-33 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns, and he rushed for a score. The win put the Packers in control of a playoff spot.
Love made his NFL debut late in the fourth quarter of a 38-3 defeat to the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 12, 2021, going 5-for-7 for 68 yards. He also lost a fumble.
Love got another shot against New Orleans in Week 3 of the 2023 season and went 22-of-44 for 259 yards and a touchdown in an 18-17 win in which the Packers scored all of their points in the final quarter.
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