Packers-Bears Rivalry: A Fan’s Perspective
Editor’s Note: A long-time reader and commenter here at AllGreenPackers.com, “Bearmeat” has been kind enough to provide us with his own perspective of the rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. Perhaps many of you share a similar view of this storied history…
I’ve been following the Packers since I can remember. My first words were “S#!%! S#!%! S#!%!” which I said to copy my angry father’s words while watching the Packers suck in the early 1980′s. My first Packers memories were the early Lindy Infante teams in the late 80′s. They were bad. I mean… Really. Really. Bad.
I remember thinking before one Packers-Bears games in 1988, “If Green Bay can just win this game, they’ll only be 3 games back in the division and who knows what could happen from there.” They got crushed. The Bears won the division and finished 12-4. The Packers finished dead last at 4-12. Again. I remember watching the Packers lose to the Rich Kotite coached Jets in 1990. In overtime. On a Jeff Query fumbled punt. (The Jets finished 2-14 that year, I believe. We were 6-10.)
My entire youth as a football fan sucked. The Packers sucked. The Badgers sucked. Even my high school football team annually sucked. To put in context how bad the Packers were compared to the well-run organizations at the time, by the time I was 11, the Packers record against their arch rivals (the Bears) was 57-81-6. An atrocious .395 all-time winning percentage.
Then Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren, Reggie White, and one Brett Favre showed up in 1992. Since Favre took the reins as Green Bay’s quarterback, the Packers are 31-11 against Chicago. The all-time series is still in the Bears favor, but the record is now only 92-88-6. Let that soak in: the Packers have beaten the Bears 31 times in their past 42 games.
Making matters worse for Bears fans, Green Bay has only had 2 different quarterbacks play in those games: Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Both are destined to be remembered as members of the best 10 to ever play the position. Both will be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on their first ballot. Meanwhile the Bears have had 22 quarterbacks play for them in that same timeframe. (Go here for reference. I’m not going to list them all, but suffice it to say not many of the names exactly passes the “Who?” test.)
Favre had a .688 winning percentage against the Bears. But as devastating as Favre was to the Bears (He was once titled “The Bear Hunter” by the Chicago Media), Aaron Rodgers has been better. Rodgers has an astounding 9-2 record against Chicago, which equals a .818 winning percentage. It is among the best records by one QB against another team with a minimum of 10 games played in NFL history, and it is the best winning percentage by one QB against another team in the Packers-Bears rivalry by a full 13 percentage points!
Now, to prognosticate the future: even assuming Rodgers’ winning percentage against the Bears regresses to the norm somewhat, by 2016, Green Bay will likely have achieved an all-time .500 record against the their arch rivals. Perhaps more importantly, because of the relative strengths and ages of the teams right now, Green Bay will also likely have wrested the all-time division titles record (16 held currently by the Bears) from Chicago, (Green Bay has 13 and is in second place all-time right now) by the time Rodgers retires somewhere around 2020.
Further, considering ARod’s superior ability at the most important position in all of sports and the youthful talent that Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy have surrounded him with, it is likely that the Packers will win another Super Bowl Title before he retires. Possibly two or even three or four more, thus extending their own NFL record of 13 titles.
How the tables have turned in this rivalry indeed! Saying that it is a good time to be a Packer fan is quite possibly the understatement of the decade!
Now Aaron, go hunt some Bear on Monday night!——————Follow @ChadToporski