The Green Bay Packers shouldn't need any extra motivation for Week 13, but Andy Reid has provided it.
Green Bay hosts the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. Matt LaFleur's young team has an opportunity to make another statement on a national stage just a week after dominating the Detroit Lions in their own stadium on Thanksgiving.
There are already several reasons why the Packers will have circled this game shortly after the announcement of the regular-season schedule in May.
The Super Bowl champions and league MVP Patrick Mahomes are coming to town. It's a chance for the Packers to evaluate themselves against the NFL's most dominant team over the past five years.
But Reid's comments from earlier this year may give the Packers some extra fuel.
Andy Reid didn't know who Packers QB Jordan Love was in the offseason
We got back to March. Reid was speaking to reporters at the NFL's owners meetings shortly after Aaron Rodgers had publicly announced his intention to play for the New York Jets.
A reporter asked Reid for his opinion on Love from the game he started against the Chiefs in 2021.
"Who's that?" asked Reid. "I'm trying to remember Jordan Love."
The reporter had to remind Reid that he was a Packers quarterback who had replaced Rodgers in the Chiefs game two years earlier.
"Oh yes. From what I remember, I thought he was good," said Reid.
Bear in mind that this was a quote on March 27. At this stage, we knew Rodgers was leaving for New York and that Love was Green Bay's new QB1. Reid had forgotten who he was.
Perhaps we can forgive Reid. After all, Love was a young quarterback who had made only one NFL career start. Except that one start came against Reid's Chiefs. Love went 19 of 34 for 190 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in a narrow 13-7 loss at Arrowhead Stadium.
On Sunday, Love gets an opportunity to introduce himself to Reid and the Chiefs. He is coming off a career-best game against the Lions, having thrown for 268 yards and three touchdowns in a flawless performance on the road.
It won't be easy against a Kansas City defense that ranks fourth in yards allowed and third in scoring.
But it's an opportunity for Love. The Packers aren't expected to win, just as they weren't on Thanksgiving in Detroit.
The Packers will be fired up in a matchup with the Super Bowl champions. But Love and this offense should take some extra motivation from Reid's offseason comments.
On Sunday, Reid will know exactly who Jordan Love is.
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