Packers: Using all of Jordan Love’s assets on Sunday in Kansas City

Green Bay Packers, Jordan Love (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Jordan Love (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

When Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love makes his first official start on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, it’ll be up to Matt LaFleur to get his young quarterback in a favorable rhythm.

The one thing the Packers cannot afford to happen on Sunday is to let the game get away from them quickly. With Aaron Rodgers at the helm, you give yourself some room to stick to a game plan that requires a comeback from a big deficit.

With Love under center, it might be asking too much to go toe-to-toe with Patrick Mahomes in a shootout.

Using Jordan Love’s gifts

If you’ve ever watched a college football game, then you’ve most likely seen mobile quarterbacks use their legs to escape a collapsing pocket. Love has no shortage of weapons on the perimeter with Davante Adams and Allen Lazard looking to play on Sunday coming off the COVID-19 list.

With Marquez Valdes-Scantling also set to return in time for the game, Love will have every opportunity to air out with some of the game’s best receivers. But should the opportunity arise, this is an ideal game for Love to use his legs to torch a Kansas City defense that has struggled mightily this season.

Have Love feed Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon

One of the aspects that LaFleur will have to help Love is the two-headed monster that is Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.

Rodgers didn’t particularly air it out against the Arizona Cardinals — mainly due to missing everyone on offense — but having Jones and Dillon chew up the ground game was a huge factor in winning that game.

For Love, it’ll be all about managing the game and securing the football. By putting it in a quarterback’s best friend it’ll help the game flow in favor of Love and the Packers — plus, it’ll open up the play-action pass as the game progresses.

Giving Love the Rodgers playbook

LaFleur was adamant in his pressers this week about instilling all the confidence in the world in Love — which will no doubt be a huge challenge in one of the toughest places to play regardless of Kansas City’s record.

To further instill confidence in Love is opening the playbook throughout the game. Oftentimes, head coaches will scale it back some to protect their young quarterbacks.

There’s no need for that on Sunday. Let Love have access to all of Adams’ routes, the deep shot to MVS, and moving the chains to Lazard.

Treating this game as if it were Rodgers was out there is a compliment LaFleur can give Love to show faith in his abilities to shock the world on Sunday.

If the Packers are going to improve to 8-1 this season, then they cannot afford to play this game afraid due to inexperience. Let Love’s practices and showcases mean something. Let the candidate for coach of the year showcase his coaching and let a team that has been rolling continue to roll past Sunday.

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