The Green Bay Packers have their quarterback.
Jordan Love put in the type of performance the Detroit Lions thought was a thing of the past without Aaron Rodgers. He destroyed the Lions to the tune of 268 yards and three touchdowns with a 125.5 rating.
This was the best performance of Love's career, but his level of play has risen every week over the past month. Love has led the Packers to three wins in the past four weeks. In that stretch, he has completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 1,107 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions, with a 103.1 rating.
Love is growing in confidence, and he is showing signs of not only being an NFL starter, but potentially the Packers' next franchise quarterback.
Have the Packers seen enough to make a long-term commitment?
Are the Packers ready to sign Jordan Love to a new deal?
Seven games into Aaron Rodgers' first year as the Packers' starting quarterback, he landed a new five-year deal. Rodgers had thrown for 1,668 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions in a 4-3 start for Green Bay.
Love had more obstacles to face than Rodgers in 2008. Rodgers led an experienced offense featuring Donald Driver and Greg Jennings, who were both already major contributors at wide receiver. Love is throwing to one of the league's least experienced receiving groups of all time, leading to some ups and downs.
Have the Packers made a decision yet on Love? He is under contract through the 2024 season, but it's highly unlikely either side wants to enter next year without a decision on his long-term future.
The performance in Detroit showed Love's potential. Even if he doesn't play to that level again in 2023, this game showed what he can do. Will this be the game we all look back on as the moment we knew Love was the next great QB in Green Bay?
How can the Packers not sign Love to a new deal after the past month of performances?
That's not to say it will happen imminently. They may wait until the offseason. But it wouldn't be surprising if a new deal was announced in the next week. Have the Packers seen enough?
It's all starting to come together. Love is building chemistry with his receivers, Matt LaFleur is figuring out how to play to their strengths, and this group is growing together. That was the plan.
They may regress before season's end. That's the way it often goes for young players. But Love has shown huge upside this year, even if Green Bay's offensive production has been inconsistent.
The question is: Has Love already shown the Packers enough to make a long-term commitment?