3 startling Jordan Love stats heading into Week 4

Packers quarterback Jordan Love has received much praise, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows for the first-year starter
Green Bay Packers, Jordan Love
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The Green Bay Packers are 2-1 and taking on the Detroit Lions in prime time on Thursday Night Football.

This is a big game for Jordan Love, who has an opportunity to gain his second divisional win of the season already. Going up against a tough Lions team featuring another quarterback who is playing well, in Jared Goff, this is the biggest game of Love's young career so far.

Although Love has played well through three games, there are some areas that could use some work. Before we get into a couple of negative numbers, though, let's start this piece with one positive that could ultimately change quite a bit for the offense.

1. Jordan Love forces missed tackles when given the opportunity

Let us begin with a positive, first. Through three weeks, not many people would classify Love as a true dual-threat quarterback. He has 74 rushing yards on 14 attempts, and has scored a touchdown with his legs. When he needs to, he can escape the pocket and make something happen. It isn't something he seeks to do regularly, but he's capable.

What's interesting, though, is that Love ranks third in the NFL among quarterbacks when it comes to forced missed tackles per rush attempt (0.29). He is second only to Justin Fields and Lamar Jackson, who will both look to run far more often than Love does.

Maybe, this is a sign that the Packers need to design one or two more runs for Love on a weekly basis. He's better than we give him credit for when he needs to make plays with his legs. Plus, that would open up more opportunities for play action and, hopefully, allow more open receivers down field. That, for one, would assist in reverting the next two stats over to a positive.