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Cheese Curds, 12/7: Jordan Love has been cool under pressure during hot streak

Love’s play when blitzed — especially in the last few weeks — has been a big reason for his success.

Kansas City Chiefs v Green Bay Packers Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Jordan Love hasn’t just been red-hot for the Green Bay Packers over the past few weeks; he has been exceptional in one area in particular all season long.

That specific area has been his play against the blitz, and it came in very handy in Sunday night’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Love has thrown 8 touchdowns and no interceptions when blitzed this season, and all three of his scores on Sunday came against five or more pass-rushers.

It’s a remarkable performance for a first-year starter, and that skill will be tested again a few more times down the stretch. The Packers face this season’s top two teams in blitz rate over the final five games, seeing the #2 Giants and #1 Vikings soon. But based on his play this season, it may be a better choice for Wink Martindale and Brian Flores to play a bit more coverage rather than try to bring extra rushers.

Let’s take a closer look at Love’s play

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