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Will Aaron Rodgers ‘Own’ the Bears Once Again?

Ever wondered what Aaron Rodgers’ record against the Chicago Bears looks like? Since taking over as Green Bay’s starting QB in 2008, Rodgers has managed to beat Chicago 22 times, losing on five occasions. What does that show us? That yes, every single time Rodgers has stated that he “owns” the Bears, he’s not lying.

As Rodgers and the Packers get set to play host to Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears on this week’s edition of Sunday Night Football, the stage is set to answer the question, will Rodgers “own” the Bears once again?

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown
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While we gear up for what promises to be another great week of pro football, with Green Bay and Chicago headlining SNF, let’s break down what could be in store at Lambeau.

How Important Is Beating Chicago for Green Bay?

Very. Why? Because after losing their first game of the season against another divisional rival, Minnesota, scoring a win, and hopefully a commanding one, is of the utmost importance. Before the start of the season, Green Bay was touted as one of the top candidates to make a deep postseason run in the NFC, which is why on Sunday there is no other option than a victory.

Yes, trading Davante Adams to the Raiders was a hit that will be hard to bounce back from for GB. You’re talking not only about one of the best, if not the best wide receiver in the league, but also Aaron Rodgers’ preferred passing target.

Having to start over on offense without Adams is a process that will take some time for Rodgers & Co. Still though, if there is a player in the league who you can trust when it comes to picking up the slack and carrying a team to the promised land it’s yes, Aaron Rodgers.

If you look at highlights from Chicago’s win over San Francisco in Week 1, it’s not hard to see that said triumph wasn’t one based on sheer talent. It was more of a heart-and-gut win.

Chicago did not do anything over the top to beat San Francisco. As a matter of fact, one could argue the Bears won, because the Niners played to lose. If Green Bay takes all of that into account, it should be able to cruise to another easy win against its NFC North rivals.

Line by line the Packers can outplay the Bears with ease. Green Bay has a better offensive line, better running backs, receivers, defense, and secondary. Oh yeah, they also have the better coach. But at the end of the day, even if both teams stack up equally, the definitive factor that will always tip the scale in GB’s favor is, yes, Aaron Rodgers.

When Rodgers gets in his groove, there is no stopping him. He continuously shows everyone why he is considered one of the best QBs to play the game. Add to that the fact that he loves beating the Bears as if it was a hobby, and the chances for the Packers to go 1-1 in the season are as high as the chances of finding some good Cheddar cheese anywhere in Wisconsin.

Will the Bears Make it 2-0?

Given that football, like every other sport in the world, is a game of chance, sure, the Bears could make it 2-0 with a win at Lambeau. Considering that Chicago hasn’t been able to beat Green Bay at Lambeau since November 26, 2015, with a record of zero wins and six losses since, well, it doesn’t take a genius to spot a trend.

In all honesty, as previously mentioned, Chicago’s win over San Francisco in Week 1 wasn’t an act of talent, it was more an act of heart, apart from sloppy football and rain.

Bears QB Justin Fields didn’t show anything to reassure fans that their team is set for the future at the passer position. Don’t get me wrong, the second-year pro is talented, and has a lot of unexplored potential, some of which we were witnesses to in his rookie season. He still needs to start playing better football if he wants to cement his status on Soldier Field.

But let’s not stop with Fields. Overall Chicago’s roster is regular to decent at best. Yes, the Bears have some players that could have a positive impact like Roquan Smith, Dominique Robinson, Eddie Jackson, Darnell Mooney, David Montgomery, and Khalil Herbert. But overall, the upside to this team is further away from becoming a reality than anything else.

So, Who’s Taking the Sunday Night Football Game?

Rodgers and the Packers usually play their best football at Lambeau Field. They also put in an extra level of intensity and effort when playing against divisional rivals, be it for bragging rights or whatever else.

Even after losing their first game of the season against the Vikings on the road, it doesn’t take much to see that the Packers should cruise to a win here over the Bears.

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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