2 positives takeaways from Packers loss to Falcons

After the ugly loss the Packers were handed by the Falcons, we take a look at some positive takeaways from the game.

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With a team as young as the 2023 Green Bay Packers, fans need to be prepared for more games like this in the future.

Big leads blown, dropped interceptions, and miscommunication from the quarterback to the offensive line are things that this team will need to grow through if they want to find their potential.

However, after a loss, it's nice to sit back and look at what positives can be taken away from the game.

Jordan Love looks legit in Packers opening two games

Two weeks into the 2023 season, and the Packers look to have found their new franchise quarterback. It's too early say he's the next Aaron Rodgers, but he has shown he has the ability to compete at a high level in the NFL.

Love leads the NFL in passer rating at 118.8, which is impressive given that he has not played a game with his number one receiver, Christian Watson, and missed his top running back, left tackle, and left guard. Throwing to guys like Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, and Dontayvion Wicks, Love has made it work with the weapons he has to put the Packers in position to win back-to-back games.

On top of leading the league in passer rating, Love is fourth in QBR (75.5), tied for first in passing touchdowns (6) and has thrown zero, yes, zero interceptions through two weeks of the young NFL season. Not too bad for a quarterback having to fill the shoes of two Hall of Famers before him.

Not counting the drive in which he took a knee to end the first half, Love had led the Packers on three straight scoring drives, finishing his day 14/25 for 151 yards and three touchdowns and, of course, no interceptions. Love has looked the part so far and has been one of the bright spots on the 2023 Packers.

Packers young receivers look like the real deal

If someone would have said that rookies Dontayvion Wicks and Jayden Reed would be some of the most important offensive weapons on the team through two weeks, I wouldn't have believed you.

Due to injuries on the offensive side of the ball to Aaron Jones and Christian Watson, Jordan Love has had to rely on his rookie pass catchers to step up and make an impact, and man have they ever.

Wicks and Reed combined for 77 yards and three touchdowns on six catches in Atlanta. While Romeo Doubs is the number one option with Watson out, it's nice to see the rookies making their presence felt on Sunday.

Second-round pick Reed looks to be everything Green Bay hoped for in the talented receiver out of Michigan State. Taking a touch pass nine yards around the right side of the line into the end zone for his first touchdown of the day against the Falcons, Reed showed off his speed and shiftiness to turn the corner around the entire defense and beat them to the pylon.

Reed also scored again on a 10-yard pass from Love to the right flat of the field that allowed Reed to walk into the end zone untouched, putting the Packers up 24-12, which looked like it would be enough to win the game.

Wicks looked very impressive against the Falcons, making defenders miss on a 32-yard catch-and-run touchdown that put the Packers up 17-9. His speed and run-after-catch ability is something Green Bay will rely on throughout this long season.

If the young receivers can continue to shine, it will pay dividends for not only their development, but the development of Jordan Love and the entire Packers offense.

The Packers finally get their home opener against the New Orleans Saints. After an embarrassing loss in week two, look for the Packers to bounce back and lean on the positives in order to capture the win against the Saints.

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