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Cheese Curds, 12/1: Aaron Rodgers has sights on beating Bears yet again

It seems we will get to find out whether Rodgers still owns Bears fans at least one more time.

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Surely, Chicago Bears fans must have felt a brief wave of relief wash over them when Aaron Rodgers left last Sunday night’s game in Philadelphia with an injury to his ribs. At that point, with Jordan Love coming on to close out the game, it appeared highly unlikely that Rodgers would return this coming Sunday when the Green Bay Packers visit Soldier Field.

With little left to play for and Rodgers seemingly suffering a serious injury, he wouldn’t be on the field for the week 13 game between the Packers and Bears, right?

Instead, Rodgers appears to have his sights set on suiting up again this Sunday, and torturing Bears fans is at least a small part of his motivation to do so. Rodgers’ pride will not allow him to sit out a game when he can play and when the Packers still have any mathematical possibility of making the postseason, however small, so expect him to be on the field as the Packers try to pick on a banged-up Bears defense that has struggled mightily this season.

As an added bonus, he may do so with both of the Packers’ dynamic rookie receivers on the field together, which would be the first time they’re both active for the same game since week 9, when both players left the Packers’ loss to the Lions with first-half injuries. If Packers fans have no other motivation to watch on Sunday, seeing both Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson together should be reason enough to tune in.

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