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Aaron Invincible? Bears have fared better than most against Rodgers

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Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers was the league's third-rated passer in 2010, behind only Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.

That makes it remarkable, then, that Michael Vick (4th), Matt Ryan (11th) and Drew Brees (12th) made the NFC's Pro Bowl roster ahead of him.

Rodgers has also been brilliant in the postseason, with six touchdowns, no interceptions, and a completion percentage of nearly 78 percent, which is why most analysts are picking the Packers to beat the Bears and maybe even win the Super Bowl.

But the Bears are quietly confident about how they stack up against Rodgers.

In two games this season, Rodgers completed 53 of 73 for 545 for two touchdowns and two interceptions. Those are pretty impressive statistics, but the Bears aren't complaining. That's because the Packers scored 27 points combined in those two games, one on Monday night and one a must-win to punch their playoff ticket in the finale.

"We know quite a bit about Aaron Rodgers," Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday, when asked if he watched film of the Packers' blowout of the Atlanta Falcons. "He's a great player. We know all of their guys and they know us. Again, it's a little bit different this week."

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher noted that the Falcons had several injuries, most notably in the secondary.

"I think the Falcons had a back-up guy in there, so they took advantage of that," Urlacher said. "[Rodgers] knows where to go with the football, he knows what coverage you're in, you're not going to trick him."

Rodgers was brilliant in a key victory over the New York Giants and in the postseason.

But in two of his final three regular season starts, Rodgers faced NFC North teams, and his numbers were underwhelming. In a loss to the Detroit Lions, Rodgers was seven for 11 for 46 yards with one interception before getting knocked out of the game with a concussion. In the finale against the Bears, he was 19 of 28 for 229 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

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Rodgers won't play against the Bears the way he played against the last two teams..Go Bears!!!

We have to find a way to control Rodgers and keep him in the pocket, he usually hurts us when he escapes pressure and then has the ability to scan the field. I hope that we continue to get the inside push and be able to get Rodgers to the ground a few times during the game. Another key is to eliininate the slackers run game, they have gotten a boost from the Sparks kid, who we almost drafted, and him and Kuhn give them a simbalence of a run game, they need to be held down to 50 yds or less for us to WIN the game. Wish I could be in town for this one, I'm ready to put on the old HS pads and suit up myself......NOT, but still I really would like for us to win this game, it;s a historical event that we may never again see in our lifetimes.....go BEARS !

BLITZ BLITZ AND MORE BLITZ...Briggs is better than Wake, Suggs and Matthews and the D should show it by allowing Lance a free shot anytime he wants on Sunday.

I could not agree more. I hope that the Bears blitz on every play. Rodgers absolutely picks the blitz apart and his receivers have the highest YAC in the NFL.

Let's see, it will be about 0 degrees come sunday, windy, snowing, on a sloppy or frozen field, and people are worried about the pass.

The most impressive thing I have seen Lovie do in his career happened on sunday, the Corners went crazy, they jammed, they bullied, and htey played more physical than any Lovie Corners have ever played. I have been waiting for that for 7 seasons. Now can they do that to the veteran recievers of the Packers? I don't know. But if they do, say good bye to the passing game and hello to the Super Bowl.

In the kind of weather they are suppose to have, if you can't run ball which the packers can't, then you can't win. If the weather is what it is suppose to be. Bears at home, if the fans shut the hell up when the Bears are on offense and don't make things hard on their own team, and Cutler and Forte use their feet to the best of their ability, and the corners attack like last week, they should pound the Packers into submition. It's a lot of if's, but I think the Packers actually have to do more to win the game than the Bears.

They have to over come a weak running game, Rodgers has to have a great game against a top 10 defense on the road, they have to stop Peppers, they have to try and pass the ball in what should be horrible weather, they have to try and stop the best special teams in football, they have to run on one of the best run defenses in football, they have to stop a duel threat back, if they blitz Olsen could have another big game.

Why are they favored again?

Any pass the word to everyone and Sean I want to see an article by you. Call it shut the hell up. B&B are talking about it again me and Joe have harped on this for years.

BEARS FANS CHEER WHILE THE BEARS ARE ON OFFENSE. THEY DO IT BEFORE THE SNAP, THEY HAVE NO FOOTBALL IQ. THEY ARE MAKING LIFE HARD FOR THEIR BELOVED TEAMS OFFENSE. BE QUIET TILL AFTER CUTLER SNAPS THE DAMN BALL. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, HELP US HELP THE BEARS WIN. TIME TO BE THE 12TH MAN FOR YOUR OWN TEAM AND STOP HELPING THE OTHER TEAM, BE QUIET!!!! SHUT UP, SHHHHHHH, ZIP IT, ZIP YOUR LIPS, KEEP A SECRET, PUT YOUR FIST IN YOUR MOUTH, SHUT THE HELL UP. Everyone spread the word, every post. I already yelled at Brad and begged for a story at the trib, every paper in chicago should bring this up.

Yes I used hell Sean but it's for the good of the team. By the way look what reporter gets to see another big confrence game this year? Last year you got the Vikings and this year the Bears. What are you a good karma charm?

BE QUIET!!!! SHUT UP, SHHHHHHH, ZIP IT, ZIP YOUR LIPS, KEEP A SECRET, PUT YOUR FIST IN YOUR MOUTH, SHUT THE HELL UP.

Hey Creighton that's some good advice.....for you! Idiot Fairweather fan diddn't you say the Bears were "not a playoff team?"

Hahaha how is that crow tasting now????? CHeesehead loser, like you said SHUT THE HELL UP!!

Cry-ton...SHUT THE HELL UP!

Enjoy your C-R-O-W fairweather fan!!

From one of many Bronco fans still disgusted over a punk coach's stupid decision to send Cutler packing up there to you ChiTown fellas ...

GO CUTLER!

GO BEARS!

Let me guess Tripper aka Packerbacker, you want me to eat crow, why exactly?

No I still don't think they are that good. It's aweak year in the nfl and they have had an easy go of it. It happens. Would you like me to go over some of your quotes. Umm I believe you have the Bears winning the Super Bowl in 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, brilliant insight.

Just repeat yourself every year. However it was Brad Biggs who pointed out that you where in fact the guy who posted as Packerbacker. So who you calling Cheesehead?

By the way outside of the Playoff's I was still right about the team. Cutler got hurt, the line was the worst in the league, Martz did nothing to create a great offense, Hester did not take a major step as a reciever, Hester to return to form on special teams where I said he should be, Tice did not help pass blocking but did help run blocking, they needed a balanced offense rather than a pass heavy offense, Knox did not hit 1000 yards, Olsen was under used, BM was bad, Taylor was a poor mans Forte, Zack Bowman would suck, and Manning should be moved to SS.

So taking a look at that I was pretty much right. I said Seahawks sucked too but they made the playoffs do you think they are a great team? No I think Goodell is getting wish for a league that will have everyone going 500. This team is not as good as the 06 or 05 teams. The defense was better on both, the special teams was better on both and they both had better running games. It's a down year for the league. You think this team is special? A 30th ranked offense and a 9th ranked defense, yeah great.

I mean my god the Bears just played a 7-9 team in the playoffs, that says it all about the league this year.

I notice you always get mad when I tell the Bears fans to do something smart. I would think you would be happy about that. I also remember you are very protective of Brett the perv Favre. Seems kinda strange for a Bears fan. I also remember you constantly hate on former Bears players and called the 85 Bears a buch od drugged up losers. I am sorry are you sure you are Bears fans.

Oh and by the way anyone can go back and check these posts. If they want to see all your great posts.

I mean look your mad at me for telling Bears fans to do something smart. You don;t think that is strange at all? Do want they to cheer before the snap? Seems like you might.

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