The only thing missing from a tumultuous week for the Chicago Bears was salt in the wounds.
Well, not anymore as former Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, now of the New York Jets, took time out of his appearance on the Pat McAfee Show on Friday to troll his old nemeses, sharing his message to Packers quarterback Jordan Love.
“I texted [Love] after the Bears game saying congratulations on keeping the ownership in place,” Rodgers told McAfee on September 22.
Jets’ Aaron Rodgers Congratulated Packers’ Jordan Love on Bears ‘Ownership’
Former Packers QB Continues to Beat Up on Bears
Green Bay beat the Bears 38-20 extending their winning streak to nine games over their counterparts. Rodgers owns a 24-5 record in his career against the Bears with the last loss coming in 2018. There was plenty of optimism within the Bears’ locker room that things would be different with Rodgers — who made no secret about “owning” the Bears in his career — gone and the inexperienced Love stepping in.
"I STILL OWN YOU." – Aaron Rodgers to Bears fans pic.twitter.com/7S0cuzXJAG
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 17, 2021
It seems his lack of playing time did not translate into a lack of confidence, not in Week 1.
Love completed just 15-of-27 passes against the Bears. But he also tossed three touchdown passes and was not sacked on the day.
Green Bay fell to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 but they can lord their Week 1 victory in the NFL’s oldest rivalry over their NFC North Rivals for another few weeks. At least until the two teams meet again in Green Bay in Week 18.
By then, the players on the field could be very different than the ones who took the field in the opener. Not just because of injury, either. There could also be any number of healthy scratches in preparation for the postseason. Rodgers is out for the season after suffering a torn Achilles in the fourth play from scrimmage in his debut with his new team in Week 1.
And even though he’s on a new team, this was another painfully accurate reminder of where the Bears stand in the rivalry.
Patrick Mahomes Pumps Up Justin Fields
“He’s here for a reason. He’s made a lot of big plays happen in the NFL and college,” Mahomes said via Vince Lovergine of WIBW on September 21. “Just trusting in your instincts and then go out there be the player you’ve always been – just not against us hopefully.”
Chicago infamously passed on Mahomes for Mitchell Turbisky in 2017, a fact the Chiefs star reminded them of in 2019.
Fun fact: Patrick took his college number 5 and added 10 to it for his current number.
Wonder why 🤔 pic.twitter.com/reAFxsrFRa
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 23, 2019
The Bears’ issues might not get resolved this week. But they can take a step towards that with a more complete effort, win or lose. They got more pressure on Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield but failed to bring him down multiple times. Regardless, it was a marked improvement from their efforts versus the Packers in Week 1.
Bears Have Winnable Games Coming Up
While the start of the season has been especially brutal for the Bears – perhaps more than it appeared to be when the schedule was released – their schedule lightens up in the coming weeks.
Three of their four games from Weeks 4 through 7 will come at home at Soldier Field. They will also face three non-playoff teams in that span.
The lone 2022 playoff team they will face is the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6.
In a bit of good news to close out the week of practice, starting left guard Teven Jenkins took to one of the fields after Friday’s session, doing some light work with one of the assistants. Jenkins has not suited up in the regular season. He went on injured reserve ahead of Week 1 and will be eligible to return in Week 5 versus the Washington Commanders.