It sounds like the Chicago Bears will be squaring off against their arch nemesis when the Green Bay Packers come to town on Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers plans on suiting up and reprising his role as pain-in-the-butt antagonist in the Bears-Packers rivalry:
There was some doubt regarding Rodgers’ playing status this week. The Packers quarterback has been beaten up pretty good this season. And in last Sunday’s game against the Eagles, Rodgers – who was already playing through what he reports is a painful thumb injury – was sacked three times, hit hard throughout the night, and was ultimately removed from the game due to an oblique injury. With all of these injuries piling up for the aging Rodgers, there was some thought that backup Jordan Love would be thrust into the starting lineup this week after he closed out the Eagles game. Instead, Rodgers is giving himself a clean bill of health and the green light to start this upcoming Sunday against the Bears.
C’mon, now. Did you really think Rodgers wouldn’t do everything in his power to be able to give it a go against the Bears?
Who opposes Rodgers on Sunday remains up-in-the-air. We’d like for it to be Justin Fields. Because who wouldn’t want to see a rejuvenated Fields come back after taking a week off to rest and recuperate? But we’d like to see Fields only if he is fully healthy. Fields wasn’t given medical clearance by doctors to play against the Jets. And Fields himself told the team he wasn’t feeling well enough to give it a full go. Until he feels healthy and doctors give him a green light, Fields should rest. Full stop.
Don’t get me wrong. I like seeing the Packers lose. And it would be sweet watching Fields out-duel Rodgers at Soldier Field. It would be an extra bonus to keep the Packers from passing the Bears on the all-time wins list while in Chicago. But the big-picture is far more important right now than something as small as one win against the Packers. Gosh, it feels dirty to think like this. But it’s only for one game. Right?