But now Rodgers finds himself in a world of controversy after apparently lying about his vaccination status and subsequently testing positive for COVID-19.
That has Jordan Love in the starting lineup as his time to shine in Green Bay gets an earlier than expected start.
So how will the Chiefs adjust?
Head coach Andy Reid has made it clear they are still preparing for the same offense.
“You know that they’re not going to completely change the whole offense,” Reid said, via NFL.com. “That’s not going to happen. They’re still going to run the offense — they did that with him in the preseason and it looked like he did a nice job with it. So, if that’s the case, you’re prepping for the offense and then you take those unique qualities that each one has and you work on that. But that’s how you go about it.”
This is the right attitude to have, but the Packers will not be the same offense without Rodgers.
Jordan Love is the only healthy QB on Green Bay roster and will get his first career start on Sunday vs the Chiefs 👀 pic.twitter.com/ZZkQKp5cGg
— PFF (@PFF) November 3, 2021
Chiefs Staying Focused On The Scheme
Reid is still keeping his defense focused on the Green Bay scheme that has led to so much winning since Matt LaFleur took over.
However, Love is not the same player as Rodgers.
The veteran is capable of making plays out of nothing and throwing impossible passes few others can make.
Yet Reid knows his defense is not elite this year.
The unit is allowing over 27 points per game and the Packers are getting Davante Adams back this week.
The thing is, Jordan Love — potentially the best backup QB in the NFL — could feasibly throw for 300 yards and 4 TDs against this awful Chiefs defense.
— Daire Carragher (@DaireCarragher) November 3, 2021
Love is also a former first-round pick who the Packers see as the future of the franchise.
The time he has spent learning behind Rodgers could pay off in a big way as he debuts against a struggling defense.
Reid and the Chiefs were given a boost by Rodgers’ absence.
However, it does not ensure victory if his team continues to play at such a below-average rate.