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Cheese Curds, 12/4: We can safely say it now — Jordan Love is the guy

Any lingering doubt about the future of the quarterback position in Green Bay can be safely put to bed.

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Because they signed him to a new contract extension within the last 12 months, the Green Bay Packers cannot yet give Jordan Love a long-term deal. But after the last several weeks — and the last three in particular — it’s suddenly hard to imagine him going into 2024 without a long-term deal in place.

Since the Packers’ bye in week 6, all Love has done is steadily improve and take over the reins, the leadership, and full control of Matt LaFleur’s offense. The unit was at its very best in Sunday night’s upset win over the Kansas City Chiefs, getting creative playcalling and simply brilliant quarterback play from Love to pull the upset.

During the game, ESPN’s Mina Kimes described Love’s trajectory this season the best:

Through the first seven games of the season, Love was completing just 58% of his passes with 11 touchdowns against 8 interceptions. In the five games since, his completion rate is up to 66%, with another 11 scores and just two picks. Posting a 3-touchdown, no-interception, 267-yard day against a top pass defense like the Chiefs should be the final statement that he’s here, he’s not going anywhere, and he’s going to be a problem for the rest of the NFC for years to come.

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Jordan Love beats blitzes, Chiefs in masterful effort for Packers - ESPN
This game was one that Love had circled for some time, however, as he really wanted to show that his first start against the aggressive Chiefs defense was not indicative of his talent level.

Packers and Jordan Love stand tall against Chiefs pressure | Packers Wire
Indeed, Love managed to be smart in the face of the Chiefs' blitzes, only getting sacked twice and making a few remarkable throws while under pressure.

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