Green Bay Packers: Rodgers Likes to Bear Down Against Chicago

Bob FoxContributor IDecember 10, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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After defeating the Detroit Lions 27-20 on Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers now have an opportunity to clinch the NFC North division next week against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

The Packers are now 9-4 overall and 4-0 in the NFC North so far in the 2012 season. Their closest competitor, da Bears, are 8-5, and are only 2-2 in the NFC North.

Plus, the Packers already beat the Bears earlier this season in Week 2, when Green Bay defeated Chicago 23-10 at Lambeau Field.

The Packers have to like their chances this Sunday versus the Bears. Why?

For one thing, they have Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is 7-2 lifetime in the regular season versus the Bears, plus he has led the Packers to five straight wins against the Monsters of the Midway.

Rodgers has thrown 16 touchdown passes versus six interceptions for 2,195 yards against Chicago. That adds up to a quarterback rating of 100.9.

In addition to that, Rodgers led the Packers to a 21-14 win against the Bears at Soldier Field in the 2010 NFC Championship Game.

Compare that to his likely opponent at quarterback for the Bears, Jay Cutler.

Cutler is 1-5 lifetime against the Packers as a Chicago quarterback in the regular season.

Cutler has thrown seven touchdown passes versus a whopping 15 interceptions for 1,303 yards against Green Bay. That all adds up to a quarterback rating of 54.5.

Plus, Cutler also started for the Bears at quarterback in the 2010 NFC Championship Game loss to the Pack. Cutler was forced to leave that game due to a knee injury.

In the first game against the Packers this season, Cutler threw one touchdown pass, compared to four picks. His quarterback rating on that Thursday night was 28.2. No, that is not a typo.

Cutler is day to day, going into this big game upcoming against the Packers, as he suffered a neck injury against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

I'm guessing that the Packers are hoping that he will be able to play, based on his history against them.

The Packers have a couple of other things going for them too. They are hoping that both outside linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive back Charles Woodson will be able to play.

Matthews had 3.5 sacks in the game earlier this year in Green Bay, while Woodson has three career picks against the Bears, including one in the first game this year.

The Packers held the two biggest offensive weapons down in that game, as running back Matt Forte only had 31 yards rushing, while wide receiver Brandon Marshall only had two receptions for 24 yards.

The Bears will also be missing the heart and soul of their defense in the upcoming game, as middle linebacker Bryan Urlacher is out with a hamstring injury.

Bottom line however, the biggest attribute that the Packers possess is definitely Rodgers. That is why I expect the Packers to clinch their second straight NFC North title this upcoming Sunday.