When the Chicago Bears come into Lambeau Field on Monday night, they will once again see the man who has dominated them since entering the league in 2009. Aaron Rodgers has excelled when when playing the Bears, defeating them eight out of the 10 times they have faced each other. This also includes a loss to Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers in the 2010 NFC Championship game.
The Packers’ signal caller has been very successful stats-wise as well when facing the daunting Bears’ defense. Rodgers has thrown for over 2,400 yards and 19 touchdowns compared to only six interceptions. These numbers translate to a 102.7 quarterback rating, and it seems it will be another long night for a Chicago defense that has gotten drastically worse over the past year.
The Bears’ defense is the third-worse defense in the NFL this season. Rodgers can smell blood in the water and add to his already impressive resume on Monday night. They will be without Lance Briggs, but still have the members of a solid secondary led by Charles “Peanut” Tillman. Rodgers will be tested by the secondary, but he has been able to figure them out in the past.
Rodgers is following in the foot steps of two other great quarterbacks who called Lambeau Field home, Bart Starr and Brett Favre. These two quarterbacks were both very successful when facing their division rival. Bart Starr had a career record of 12-3 when facing the Bears, and Favre was 22-10 after facing the Bears defense for 16 long years in the NFC North.
Now it is Rodgers turn to take the reins. The Packers and Bears rivalry is longest in NFL history and is littered with NFL Hall of Famers on each team. The Packers have 22 players enshrined, and the Bears have 27.
With this type of history between these two teams, Rodgers know he has a standard that must be lived up to. The Bears lead the series against the Packers 91-87-6. With only four games now separating the two franchises who have hated each other since they first faced off in 1921, this game on Monday night is big.
The Packers need this victory to extend their growing lead in the NFC North. The Packers sit atop the division at 5-2, with the Bears right on their tail at 4-3. Rodgers will play at a high level on Monday night and continue the tradition that was handed down when it first began from Curly Lambeau and get another victory against the Packers’ hated rival.