Aaron Rodgers unconcerned about possible Bears retribution
The star QB definitely got under the skin of the Bears and their fans a few months ago. Will he pay the price when they meet this weekend?
It was two months ago that the star quarterback made a dig at Chicago's team, two months later and he seems unconcerned about possible backlash
Aaron Rodgers isn't concerned about the Bears
The last time Aaron Rodgers faced off against the Chicago Bears, he most definitely didn't endear himself to the Bears' faithful at Soldier Field as he infamously told them "I still own you!" The Packers had just claimed yet another victory and more importantly - given the scenario - it was due to a touchdown run in by Rodgers himself. Some eight weeks later and the Bears are set to visit Lambeua Field on Sunday night. Asked whether he expected any retribution from the Bears' players, Rodgers was nonchalant saying that his previous comments were in fact directed at a section of fans who were "giving me the bird." Rest assured the Packers' quarterback has no intention of backtracking on his statement.
Is it cocky if it's true? Does Rodgers have a point?
Speaking on his comments and the situation in general, Rodgers was matter of fact. "I don't know that you can question a whole lot of what I said," Rodgers said on Wednesday. "We have gotten the better of them the last, I don't know, 27, 28 times we've played them for the most part. ...A lot of times in situations like this, the trash talk is only going to be used if you're getting after that individual that was trash-talking. So in order to trash-talk, you have to have a lot of confidence in what you accomplished and what you're going to accomplish in the future."
Seemingly unconcerned and most definitely unapologetic, Rodgers went on to add, "At some point, what I said will be used against me - that's just part of it. But I have no regrets for saying what I said, and obviously I think the record kinda speaks for itself. But I get it. At some point that will be used against me. It is what it is. I don't regret saying it at all."
How has Aaron Rodgers done against the Bears?
To date Rodgers has won his last five consecutive games against the Bears. Overall he has a 22-5 record as a starter when facing the Packers' bitter NFC North rivals. As it stands, that's the third-best winning average by any quarterback with at least 25 starts against a single opponent since 1950. The other two quarterbacks ahead of him are Tom Brady and his rivalry with the Buffalo Bills at 32-3 and Ben Roethlisberger against the Cleveland Browns with 24-3-1. Speaking on the the rivalry Packers' receiver Davante Adams said "I'm sure they will have some comments maybe, but it's not untrue. It's not like you can get too upset about the comment that 12 made. It is what it is. We'll see if they have anything to say on Sunday."
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Will Rodgers actually play?
Pregame rhetoric aside, the fact remains that Rodgers is yet to train. The QB did not practice on Wednesday opting to continue his recovery from a fractured pinkie toe. Coach Matt LaFleur also added that he was uncertain as to whether Rodgers would participate in Thursday or Friday's training session. In reality, Rodgers has not practiced at any point since before their most recent game on November 28th when they won against the Los Angeles Rams. The Packers who now boast a 9-3 record will of course be hoping that their star player can return to action having opted out of corrective surgery for his toe.
"I've got to see how it reacts on Sunday when I get back out there and play," Rodgers commented when asked about his toe. "But this was really, really positive, the time to heal and not doing anything for now going on 10 days. That's been really, really helpful. So we're hoping that we can get on the other side of this. Again, we don't know until Sunday after the game and Monday how it's going to react to all the healing that's taken place and then the pounding that will happen on Sunday. So we'll see what happens, how it recovers on Sunday or Monday."