Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love threw a game-ending interception for the second straight week this past Sunday in a 19-17 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Love was attempting to throw the ball deep down the field to wide receiver Samouri Toure, but he threw the ball into traffic and it was picked off. He also had running back A.J. Dillon wide open with space in front of him on an underneath route, but Love overlooked him.
It was just the latest instance of Love struggling to throw the deep ball, which Matt Schneidman of The Athletic pointed out following the Packers’ Week 7 loss.
Schneidman notes that Love has gone just 6-for-27 with no touchdowns and three picks on throws of 20 yards or more this season, some truly ugly numbers.
Love said he wants to take shots down the field, and he hopes to improve his efficiency on such throws.
“We obviously want to take as many shots downfield as we can,” Love said. “We want to force the envelope, and we’ve just got to put more pressure on the defense, and I think we’ve just got to look at what we’re doing and figure out what mistakes we’re making, what we’re doing good and go from there.”
Along with the interception on Sunday, Love went 21-for-31 with 180 yards and a couple of touchdowns. It wasn’t necessarily a bad effort from Love, but he averaged just 5.8 yards per completion.
On the season overall, the 24-year-old has thrown for 1,263 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven picks while completing 57.5 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 79.4.
Love has labored over the last three games in particular, totaling three touchdowns and six interceptions in three straight Green Bay losses.
The Packers are now 2-4 on the season and will attempt to jump back into the playoff picture when they host the suddenly surging Minnesota Vikings in a pivotal NFC North matchup next weekend.