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Aaron Rodgers on Packers-Bears: ‘If they can’t beat us, is it a rivalry?’

“Is it even a rivalry anymore”, asked the Packers’ all-time leader in passing touchdowns.

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Watching Aaron Rodgers join the Pat McAfee Show is always something of a mixed bag. On one hand, you can hear the Green Bay Packers’ all-time passing touchdowns leader talking about the team’s upcoming rivalry game with the Chicago Bears. On the other, you can watch him sign off by saying, “Fauci is a criminal,” after allegeding that Disney sent child stars to Jeffrey Epstein’s island on one of Disney’s own platforms — ESPN. If you tuned in on Tuesday, you were presented both of those talking points.

On the topic of the Packers’ win-and-in season finale game, Rodgers claimed that the matchup is “the Super Bowl for the Bears just about every year, because they haven’t been in the playoffs but once in who knows how long.” Chicago, a team that was mathematically eliminated from the NFC playoff race after last week’s set of results, has only made the postseason twice since the 2010 season — when the Bears lost to the Packers in the NFC Championship. “[Packers head coach Matt LaFleur’s] never lost to them, I don’t think. It’s like nine in a row,” Rodgers added.

That number is correct, and a win over the Bears on Sunday would push the Packers to a 10-game win streak, which would tie for the longest win streak for either team in the 100-plus-year rivalry. At the moment, the longest streak is currently held by the 1994-1998 Packers.

Later on, Rodgers poked the bear by questioning if the game can even be considered a rivalry. “Is it really a rivalry anymore,” Rodgers asked. “If they can’t beat us, is it a rivalry?”

Rodgers’ former backup, Jordan Love, was hardly mentioned during his hour-long interview with the program, but Rodgers did state, “Jordan Love’s pretty damn good,” when discussing Green Bay’s three-quarterback run.

If you want to listen to the full interview, including the last five off-the-rail minutes of the show, you can find it below: