Chicago Bears hope to flip the script on Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers

Defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, who signed with the Bears in the offseason, helped the Colts defeat the Packers 34-31 in overtime last season at Indianapolis. Rodgers passed for 311 yards and three touchdowns in the game, but the Colts held Green Bay to three after halftime as they rallied from a 21-7 second quarter deficit.

Muhammad believes that what makes Rodgers so great is his ability “to recognize what [defenses] are there, make the right decisions and get the ball out quickly.”

Rodgers turns 39 in December, but he has shown no signs of slowing down. He’s been named the NFL’s Most Outstanding Player for the past two seasons, and some of his best performances against the Bears have come in recent years.

Over the past two seasons, Rodgers has led the Packers to wins over the Bears by scores of 41-25, 35-16, 24-14 and 45-30 with passer ratings of 132.3, 147.9 , 128.0 and 141.1. His 341 yards when the teams last met last December in Green Bay were his most in 28 career starts against the Bears.

Defensive end Trevis Gipson believes it will be vital to generate consistent pressure on the NFL’s four-time MVP on Sunday night.

“It’s going to start with the D line,” Gipson said. “He knows how to count hard, catch guys in the substitutions. We’re going to have to be clear on that, and just disciplined. No offsides, no rough passing, no stupid penalties. It’s a rivalry game, so we “We’re going to have to keep our cool. He’s a veterinarian; he knows how to play this game. We’re just going to have to keep our cool and disrupt him as much as possible.”

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