The Green Bay Packers made a promising start offensively against the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons, but the past four games have exposed several flaws for this unit.
Since Week 3, Green Bay is averaging just 17 points and 296.5 yards per game. Jordan Love has completed only 58.2 percent of his passes for 867 yards, four touchdowns, and seven interceptions, with a passer rating of 64.9.
Is Jordan Love the problem? Sure, he needs to play a lot better, but several mistakes by the Packers set Love up to fail this season.
Green Bay's latest offensive failure came against the Denver Broncos in Week 7, a matchup with a defense that ranked dead last in the NFL entering the game. But the blame doesn't fall entirely on Love.
Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner came to Love's defense after the Broncos game.
Kurt Warner believes Jordan Love did all he could in Packers' loss to Broncos
Kurt Warner is a former Super Bowl MVP, two-time NFL MVP, and four-time Pro Bowler, but he understands that it can take time to reach that level.
Warner signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent but didn't make the team. He would end up playing for the Iowa Barnstormers in the Arena Football League before spending time in NFL Europe. Eventually, he got his shot in the NFL and made it count.
Having watched the Packers' ugly loss to the Broncos, Warner defended Love, shifting the blame to the players around him.
He makes some excellent points.
Sure, Love wasn't perfect. He missed some throws and didn't always make great decisions, but that's life as an NFL QB.
Love isn't getting a whole lot of help. On multiple occasions this season, the Packers have had two receivers running the same route. Once? That's OK, but this is becoming an every-week thing for this offense. Other times, it's receivers not getting open or breaking off a route too early.
When it's not the pass catchers making mistakes, it's the offensive line making game-changing errors. They get bullied in the ground game. According to ESPN, Green Bay ranks 29th in run block win rate. With the Packers unable to run the ball, Love often has to make plays in third-and-long situations with receivers not consistently getting open.
Warner isn't alone in this opinion.
Former Packers quarterback Kurt Benkert put together an excellent thread on X (formerly Twitter) detailing all of the mistakes by receivers, play-calling decisions, and more that Love is dealing with.
"Watch the film and ask - what could he have done differently here," wrote Benkert. "Often times, the answer is not a whole lot."
Love has a lot to improve, but the team around him needs to give him more help, including Matt LaFleur.