Colin Cowherd has completely changed his tune about Jordan Love and the Packers

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The Green Bay Packers have found their quarterback, and Jordan Love is forcing his doubters to eat their words week after week.

With 19 touchdown passes and only three interceptions over the past nine games, Love is proving why he can lead the Packers' offense into the future. He threw three touchdowns and ran in another in Green Bay's 33-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

One of his most vocal doubters was Colin Cowherd. He was writing off Love during the preseason.

"He's a game manager. There's no special there," said Cowherd after Green Bay's preseason opener in August.

In October, Cowherd said Love was "little more than a backup."

Yet here we are. It's January, and Love has the league's third-most passing touchdowns and 10th-most passing yards and has thrown only three picks in the past nine games. Not only is Love a starting quarterback, he has been one of the best in the NFL since November.

Colin Cowherd admits he was wrong about Packers QB Jordan Love

Cowherd was critical of Love during the Packers' losing run in October. Many were. To his credit, he isn't doubling down on that and has instead changed his mind.

Following Green Bay's dominant win over Minnesota, Cowherd spoke about the Packers going from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers to Love.

"Favre, Hall of Famer. Rodgers, great. I don't know if Jordan Love is a Hall of Famer, but we have to admit now, he is the quarterback of the future in Green Bay," said Cowherd.

We don't know if Love will ever reach the level of Favre or Rodgers, but as Cowherd says, he is Green Bay's future.

The same was true with Rodgers in 2008. Nobody knew whether he could ever reach Favre's level. He ended up having an even better career. Statistically, Love's first season as a starter is pretty close to Rodgers's.

"If you look at the numbers, there is no denying it," said Cowherd. "First season as a starter. Passer rating: Jordan Love 93.8, Rodgers 93.8. Completion percentage, identical. TD to interceptions, virtually identical."

Love has gotten better as the season has gone on. Part of that is his development, and part is the improved play of the young, inexperienced offense around him. They are growing together.

In the Packers' opening nine games, Love completed 58.7 percent of his passes for 2,009 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions, with a passer rating of 80.5. Green Bay went 3-6.

In the seven games since, Love has completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 1,834 yards, 16 touchdowns, and one interception, with a passer rating of 109.9. Green Bay went 5-2.

That is a dramatic difference, and it shows the growth of Love and the Packers' offense. There were signs of their potential earlier in the year but a lack of consistency. Now, they have found their way and continue to improve every week.

To Cowherd's credit, he changed his mind. Many Bears and Vikings fans are in denial about Love's incredible play in the second half of the season.

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