Winner: Young WRs Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed
Although I still think the Packers should at least consider a veteran addition to this group to help mentor these young guys, I can't help but love what I'm seeing lately from Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed.
As nice as it was to see Christian Watson back in the fold on Thursday, it's been equally great to see Doubs and Reed prove that they can handle bigger workloads. Especially in the second half against Detroit as the Green Bay Packers attempted to mount a comeback, we saw Doubs and Reed combine for a total of 18 targets, 12 receptions, and 150 yards. Reed also caught a two-point conversion.
You see the confidence this coaching staff has in these young receivers put on display throughout the course of the game. He didn't come down with it, but a designed fade in the red zone to Jayden Reed before Jordan Love's rushing touchdown is evidence that this team believes in the young guys at receiver in all sorts of situations, not just manufactured touches.
Loser: Jordan Love, QB
You hate to see Jordan Love appear in this section, but this game against Detroit was not his best, by any means. Although Love is allowed to have a few clunkers here and there, you've got to be smarter with the football than he was against Detroit.
He finished this game 23-of-36 passing with two interceptions and a fumble, which was thankfully not recovered by the Lions. Love was sacked five times, so some of the issue is obviously on the offensive line right now (clearly), but again -- Love has to be smarter with the ball and his inaccuracy cost Green Bay's offense early in this one.
- Can't take a sack immediately after a huge interception early by the defense
- Can't be gun-shy after throwing an INT (missed Romeo Doubs on second-and-long play)
- Can't have red zone INT late
You can't expect perfection from Jordan Love, but the Packers definitely have to have better from him, especially early on in a game like this.