Week 17: Bears vs Packers 5 Questions with Lombardi Ave.

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The playoffs start one week early for the Bears and Packers, thanks to the Lions being the Lions, and the Bears just playing an awful game against the Eagles. The Bears had no excuses for playing the way they did on Sunday night. If the Packers would have won their game against the Steelers, then at least the Bears could have said that they had nothing to play for. Well, the Eagles had nothing to play for and obviously they showed up to play a game, while the Bears did not. I don’t remember the last time I watched a Bears game like the one we all witnessed on Sunday night. I actually turned the game off. I ended up watching it, but I couldn’t watch it live anymore.

Well, here we are and let us hope that this is not a repeat of 2010 when Jay Cutler not only couldn’t move the ball against the Packers, but he got injured and couldn’t even finish the game. I guess a lot of fans of Josh McCown would love to see that because in their minds, the Bears would be a better team. Well, Josh went in for garbage time last week, and he wasn’t doing any better than Cutler was. Oh yeah, and Aaron Rodgers is coming back. This should be a good game on Sunday.

This weeks edition of 5 Questions is with Dan Dahlke from Lombardi Ave.

Dec 8, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) celebrates a touchdown during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 22-21. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

If Aaron Rodgers was cleared to play, but the chance of re-injury was a real possibility, would you want him to sit or play?

Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin (99) and cornerback Isaiah Frey (31) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) in the 1st quarter at Lambeau Field. Rodgers left the game with a hand injury after the play. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Packers have made it clear they will not put Rodgers back on the field until the risk of re-injury is minimal. Even though it’s tough, and selfishly, I’d like to see him play as soon as possible, I think this is the right call. We need to remember there is more than just this season. Rodgers is in the middle of his career and has many good years of football ahead of him, so as an organization, you’d hate to risk that by bringing him back too early.

However, Rodgers was cleared to play on Thursday, and the entire fanbase is elated by this news. It couldn’t of come at a better time. This is Bears’ week for the division title and a chance to be in the playoffs. The Packers could be a different team with no. 12 under center. He gives them the best chance to win.

How much more do the Packer fans hate the Chicago Bears since “One Play Shea” broke Aaron Rodgers collarbone?

Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin (99) and cornerback Isaiah Frey (31) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) in the 1st quarter at Lambeau Field. Rodgers left the game with a hand injury after the play. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

I haven’t sensed any more hate towards the Bears than the usual distaste for a division rival. The Packers and Bears will always be a heated rivalry among fans, so the fact Rodgers got hurt against Chicago hasn’t really changed a whole lot. It is kind of fitting though that Rodgers will be making his return against Chicago. It makes for a great story.

If Rodgers’ injury was a result of a dirty play then I think there would be a lot more disgust with Shea and the Bears. But it was a clean football play. These things happen. In the NFL, it’s just a matter of time before one of your star players goes down with an injury. I’m sure Chicago fans can understand that. Honestly, the Packers have been very fortunate in regards to their QB’s health the past two decades, so it was just a matter of time we’d have to suffer through an extended period without our starting QB.


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