Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers has won the NFC North Division seven times since becoming the starting quarterback in 2008. His biggest rival, the Chicago Bears, have only come in first place twice during that stretch.
Even though Rodgers is 37 and turns 38 during the 2021 NFL season, the Packers will be the favorites to win the NFC North every season the three-time MVP is under center since the Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions have average starting quarterbacks.
However, a former teammate of seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady believes the Bears can dethrone Aaron Rodgers and the Packers by making one blockbuster trade.
Aaron Rodgers is 20-5 against the Bears in the regular season
Aaron Rodgers has started 25 games against the Bears during the regular season. The Packers legend is 20-5 versus Chicago.
One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Rodgers has thrown 55 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions against the Bears. He’s racked up 6,013 passing yards while completing 66.8% of his passes. Even though Chicago has historically had great defenses, Rodgers never seems fazed by the Bears.
One of the reasons the Packers have dominated the Bears during the Rodgers era is Chicago has never had a franchise quarterback. While Jay Cutler had the talent to be that guy for the Bears, he was a turnover machine during his time in Chicago and always struggled versus the Packers.
When the Bears won the NFC North in 2018, Mitchell Trubisky made the Pro Bowl team, and Chicago fans thought they finally had a QB who could make life difficult for Rodgers and Green Bay. However, Trubisky has regressed since the 2018 season and isn’t expected to be back on the Bears in 2021.
The former No. 2 overall pick becomes a free agent this offseason, and many NFL pundits expect Trubisky and the Bears to part ways.
Chicago has a great defense and some solid playmakers on offense. The team is a quarterback away from competing for a Super Bowl, which is why one of Tom Brady’s former teammates wants his hometown franchise to make a blockbuster trade this offseason and take over the NFC North from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Rob Ninkovich says the Bears need Deshaun Watson
Rob Ninkovich, who won two Super Bowls with Tom Brady on the New England Patriots, says the Bears can win the NFC North and compete for a Super Bowl every season if they trade for Deshaun Watson.
The former NFL defensive end grew up in New Lenox, Illinois, so he wants to see the Bears do well.
“If they had a guy of Deshaun Watson’s caliber, they’d be division champs. They’d win the division,” Ninkovich said on Get Up. “I think they would. With that defense that they have, with under Nagy they’ve been a top-five defense, they’ve been a bottom-of-the-league offense. What have they been missing? Leadership at the quarterback position.
“If you get Deshaun Watson, your defense is more confident. Chicago, do whatever you gotta do. Call up Houston, give them whatever they want.”
Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans. The dual-threat signal-caller can choose where he plays next since he has a no-trade clause in his contract.
The Bears passed on Deshaun Watson in the 2017 draft to select Mitchell Trubisky. This is general manager Ryan Pace’s chance to make up for that monumental mistake and acquire Watson so that Aaron Rodgers’ dominance over the NFC North can end.
Deshaun Watson on the Bears would scare Aaron Rodgers and the Packers
Deshaun Watson is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He led the league in passing yards in 2020 and would make the Bears legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
Surprisingly, Aaron Rodgers has only played in one Super Bowl with the Packers. If the Bears acquire Deshaun Watson, they can all but guarantee that Rodgers will never play in another Super Bowl.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.