Nov 7, 2021
The Green Bay Packers will attempt to win an eighth straight game, and the team’s first without Aaron Rodgers, when they head to Kansas City to play the Chiefs.
All eyes will be on Jordan Love, who will be making his first career start in a tough environment against the two-time defending AFC champions. Most weeks, the Packers enjoy a distinct advantage at the quarterback position. Not this week. Aaron Rodgers is out, Jordan Love is in, and the quarterback on the other sideline is Patrick Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP. Love, who has thrown seven career passes, is a great unknown. He has terrific arm talent and the athleticism to escape the pocket and make plays with his legs, but who knows how he’ll handle the environment or respond to the moment. The Packers believe he’s locked in and ready to go. Love will have a strong supporting cast around him, and the Chiefs defense isn’t one of the NFL’s best, so this is an opportunity for a young quarterback to step in and play well. He needs to play within himself, manage the game and avoid making big mistakes. Don’t let the discourse surrounding his play fool you, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is still a football alien capable of doing the extraordinary. The Chiefs’ offense is going through a bit of an identity crisis right now and Mahomes’ game has been affected as a result. He has struggled to take what the opposing defense has given him and he’s noticeably been pressing at times. That’s led to turnovers and him leaving some plays on the field. Still, he’s only a few weeks removed from a five-touchdown performance. It feels like it’s only a matter of time before he has a breakthrough game that reminds everyone why he’s known as one of the NFL’s best at the position. Packers 11-25 Chiefs