GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - It's a Something's-gotta-give Bowl Sunday in Chicago. The Packers haven't won a road game this year, but have won 8 straight at Soldier Field.
“I am not talking trash to their squad or Akiem Hicks or anything, but that's just the facts: We have had a good run,” Aaron Rodgers said. “Seven in a row in the regular season and one in the postseason of course. It's a great place to play, they have a fantastic fan base, they know when to cheer, they are loud and involved in the game. The field has always been kind of a wild card with the length of their grass.”
Rodgers has just 1 interception this year, and just 1 pick in the last 5 seasons against Chicago. But these Bears are taking the ball away at an alarming rate. Their 25 interceptions this season are almost as many as Rodgers has thrown total in the last 5 years combined. He will have to be on his 'A' game as it pertains to ball security Sunday.
“We are going to be real with the football team,” interim coach Joe Philbin said. “The reality is that they lead the league in takeaways. The other reality is that we have done a good job of holding on to the football on offense. It is strength versus strength. Aaron has to make good decisions and throw the ball accurately. We have to avoid those things that happened the other night to the Rams. That will be a good matchup in the game because they do a good job and we've done a good job of that as well.”
“Yeah, they've got a great defense,” Rodgers said. “They are ranked top-3 in the league in a number of categories: turnovers, 3rd downs, total defense, scoring defense. I am sure there are a bunch of other ones I'm missing. They have played great this year on defense. Gotta take care of the ball.”
Rodgers, who now owns the longest interception-free streak in NFL history, was nearly picked off to end the comeback versus the Bears in Week 1, and got away with 2 near gifts last week.