There is no doubt that the vibes are off the chart going into Week 2.
The Bears are 1-0. The Packers are 0-1. Chicago just beat the team Green Bay can’t beat in the playoffs. And confidence going into the next installment of the Bears-Packers rivalry feels like it’s gone through the roof.
And in talking with Daily Herald reporter John Dietz, Bears pass-rusher Trevis Gipson appears ready to take it to another level:
Whoa! I didn’t see this coming. And especially not from Gipson. But I’m here for it. Especially if Gipson is insinuating that Matt Eberflus (or someone else on the coaching staff) is pumping up the team by telling players they’re better than the guys on the other side. I am 100 percent here for confidence building. And I’m totally here for the Bears going into Lambeau Field with a positive mindset. A winning mindset.
Maybe I’m spitting into the wind. Perhaps I’m whistling through a graveyard. But I’m tired of preparing for Packers Week with a defeatist mindset. Want to slay the dragon on its home turf? It begins with believing you can do it in the first place. And if you don’t think you can do it, then why even suit up and play?
Don’t get it twisted. I understand if you’re afraid of poking the bear. Aaron Rodgers has tortured and victimized Bears fans for more than a decade. But it’s wild to wish Gipson didn’t say it. And I don’t like the idea of hoping Dietz would delete the tweet and pretend like it never happened. But Brett Favre had a similar stranglehold on the Bears. Remember that? Well, then you might also remember that Favre lost six of his last eight starts against the Bears while as a member of the Packers — including his last four at Lambeau Field.
At some point Rodgers’ dominance of the Bears will come to an end. Might as well try to get a head start on it this coming Sunday.