Bears are being lumped in with Aaron Rodgers in early preseason predictions

Exactly what you wanted to hear today.
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You thought just because Aaron Rodgers left the NFC North, that meant he was going to leave the Bears behind to? That's not how this works. The two are destined to dance together for the rest of his career, all the way until he retires and goes off into the Alaskan wilderness to start a podcast about chemtrails.

That's a good thing, though. Because Aaron Rodgers is kinda boring without the Bears, and the Bears are kinda boring without Aaron Rodgers. It's like when you go to Wendy's and just get fries or just get a frosty – they'll definitely be fine on their own, but wouldn't it be more fun if you had them together?

PFF knows it'd be more fun. That's why both Aaron Rodgers and the Bears show up on their latest lil' piece of content, titled '7 NFL teams under the most pressure to succeed in 2024.' How they decided on 7 teams that are feeling more pressure to succeed than the other 25, I'm not sure – that's a question for PFF. But here's what they have to say about the Bears:

"Head coach Matt Eberflus’ seat was warm until he won three of the last five games in 2023, fueled by a defense that ranked eighth in EPA per play over that span. Likewise, the team’s two losses — to the playoff-bound Browns and Packers on the road — were still by no more than eight points ... With stars at several positions and a fantastic all-around roster, the Bears will need to exorcise their demons in 2024 and at least vie for a wild-card berth. If underachievement continues, then uncertainty at head coach looms."

And here's what they have to say about Rodgers:

"There’s no organization under more pressure to finally right the ship this upcoming season than the Jets. After the team acquired Aaron Rodgers last year, it seemed as though a decade-plus streak of disappointment would come to an end. But Rodgers tore his Achilles on just the fourth play of the 2023 season, and his backup quarterbacks were awful in his stead ... Owner Woody Johnson entrusted head coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas for at least one more year, but if New York can’t foster success in Rodgers’ age-40 season, it feels like both leaders might unceremoniously head for the exits."

So, yeah. These don't actually have a whole lot to do with one another. The Jets are staring at the impending rebuild that the Bears just – in theory, at least – finished. But anytime you get a chance to put them together, for the content, you just gotta.