Green Bay Packers Smart to Start Aaron Rodgers Against Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers Smart to Start Aaron Rodgers Against Chicago Bears
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Did you ever think the decision would be any different?

The Green Bay Packers were not going to allow quarterback Aaron Rodgers to sit for an eighth consecutive week, not with the NFC North division on the line. Green Bay understands what’s at stake, which is why they will take the gamble of letting Rodgers start against the Chicago Bears in a winner takes all contest in the season finale of the 2013 regular season.

I’m sure there are plenty of doubters out there. Fans who disagree with the decision to let Rodgers start despite his fractured collarbone not being 100 percent.

In fact, numerous fans have told me over the past few weeks that sitting Rodgers for the rest of the season is in the best interest of the team, which I continuously had an opposite response. I believe Rodgers has to play. The reason for that is because Green Bay has a small window to win another Super Bowl. That means they can’t afford to let 2013 go to waste without giving it their best shot on the last day of the regular season. Playing Rodgers may be a risk but it’s a risk worth having.

Make no mistake about it. The Packers have demonstrated they are a very dangerous team. They are able to run the ball with authority thanks to rookie running back Eddie Lacy, the offensive line has improved over the past several weeks and the defense has discovered how to create turnovers once again. Add Rodgers to the mix and Green Bay might just be a team worth betting on to go the distance.

As far as the contest against the Bears is concerned, Rodgers is going to be playing with a chip on his shoulder. He wants to stick it to the team that knocked him out for half of the season. For that reason, I fully expect the Packers to dominate the Bears in Chicago and walk away with their third consecutive division title.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.