On Thursday, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy announced that the team is planning on starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers against the Chicago Bears on Sunday in a game that will determine the winner of the NFC North division.
Rodgers is returning after missing the team’s previous 7 games since suffering a broken collarbone in the first game this season between the Bears and Packers in November.
Rodgers’ return may swing the odds in favor of the the Packers on Sunday. Rodgers has made easy work of the Bears throughout his career.
In 11 career games against the Bears, Rodgers has a passer rating of 102.7 to go along with a completion percentage of 68.8% with 19 touchdowns against only 6 interceptions. The Packers have a record of 8-3 over the span of those 11 games.
Upon news of Rodgers planning to start, many Bears may throw in the towel and claim that the Bears have no chance of beating the Packers on Sunday.
Similar to how the Bears had no chance to beat the Packers earlier this season on Monday Night Football.
If anything, Rodgers’ return would make a potential Bears victory that much more meaningful. In the sense that the Bears were finally able to slay the dragon that is Rodgers and the Packers. Something that the team could not say while Jay Cutler has been the starting quarterback. Cutler needs a victory over the Packers on Sunday. Beyond that, Cutler needs to play well in said victory.
But don’t be mistaken, with the announcement of Rodgers’ return, the Packers became the favorites to win against the Bears on Sunday and claim the NFC North title.