Polling Place: What did the Bears ever do to the Packers to deserve to be treated like this?
The gang in Green Bay has owned the teams’ rivalry for far longer than most of us would like to think about.
Twitter user @WCTA_Chicago has a plan for the Bears in their Sunday-night game at Green Bay that might be just crazy enough to work:
“Blitz every down. Even on offense.”
On second thought, that won’t work at all. Then again, little has for the Bears against the Packers, who have owned the teams’ rivalry for far longer than most of us would like to think about.
In this week’s “Polling Place” — your weekly home for Sun-Times sports polls on Twitter — we asked Packers-weary respondents to face some miserable truths. One, the Bears’ pathetic showing over more than two and a half decades in the series. Another, the steady torment served by superstar quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Finally, what awaits this time at Lambeau Field for a Bears team on a sad, sorry, four-game losing streak.
“I accidentally hit Bears win,” @Psands17 wrote, “but put me down for a solid blowout for real.”
Oy. On to the polls:
Poll No. 1: The Bears are 5-19 against Aaron Rodgers and 17-36 against the Packers going back to 1994. What’s the best way to characterize this rivalry?
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Q1: The Bears are 5-19 against Aaron Rodgers and 17-36 against the Packers going back to 1994. What’s the best way to characterize this rivalry?
Upshot: It seems we’re even more demoralized than we are disgusted. So we’ve got that going for us. It’s no fun getting your rear end handed to you over and over by the team you most want to beat … but these things go in cycles, right? Soon, we’re sure, the Bears shall run things for a good quarter-century.
Poll No. 2: Brett Favre was 22-10 against the Bears as Green Bay’s QB. Who seems like more of a Bears killer?
Q2: Brett Favre was 22-10 against the Bears as Green Bay’s QB. Who seems like more of a Bears killer?— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) November 26, 2020
Upshot: Rodgers has the votes, but older Bears fans might see things differently. Favre won 20 of his first 24 starts against the Bears and had separate winning streaks of seven and 10 — 10! — games head-to-head. Before Favre arrived, the Packers were doormats.
Poll No. 3: So, what’s the damage on Sunday?
Upshot: “Coming off a bye? Bears get back a handful of players? Yeah, they still lose by three TDs,” wrote @PeakedInPreK, who added a couple of not-so-nice hashtags about coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace for good measure. Well, what is there for us to add? Peaked pretty much covered it.