Aaron Rodgers Still Owns the Bears with Another MVP in Sights After SNF Win

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The Chicago Bears are not going to quieting Rodgers anytime soon.
The Packers quarterback told reporters this week that he knew his comments about owning the Bears would be used again. The three-time league Most Valuable Player didn't care.
It is what it is. Rodgers said he didn't regret saying it.
The Bears needed to shut Rodgers up. The veteran signal-caller continued to dominate the supposed rival with another outstanding performance during the Packers' 45-30 victory Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Rodgers' 341-yard, four-touchdown performance was an impressive track record. The Packers are 22-5 against the Bears with Rodgers in the lineup. The quarterback has 62 career touchdown passes. Rodgers had a quarterback rating of 147.9, 132.3, 128.0 and 141.1 over the last four meetings.
The quarterback told reporters that the rivalry does mean a lot to him.
Maybe. He could be happy with his performance. Every time these two teams meet, Rodgers could schedule a message on his social media account: "I still own you." I still own you.

The veteran said his previous response erupted when a Bears fan gave him a double-fingered salute. Matt LaFleur tried to make it sound like he was passionate during a professional football game.
"Listen, all I can say is that a lot of stuff gets said on the field that nobody ever hears," LaFleur said after the Week 6 contest. It's one of those moments of competition where things are said. I don't know what he said, I'm sure you asked him. It's a competitive game, and I think that's one of the moments where you see the competitor in the other team come out.

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Rodgers is a highly intelligent person who picks and chooses his words carefully. The fact he didn't regret his previous comments shows how he feels. He has earned the right through his performance.
The Bears are still catching up as they ponder the possibility of another organizational reset. There's a heavy expectation that Nagy will be let go at some point during or after this season, according to CBS Sports.
Whoever takes over for Nagy will be tasked with taking back some of this rivalry and building a competitive team around quarterback Justin Fields. Those thoughts are not likely to occur with the Packers' current signal-caller behind center.
Rodgers is the ghost of Christmas present. His current organization and his current award could be his last gift to Packers faithful.
Rodgers is once again in the running to be named the game's best individual performer, as the Packers improve to 10-3). The race for the league's top hardware is wide open and should go down until the final moments of the regular season.
Tom Brady will get a lot of support to reset his record as the oldest Most Valuable Player in any sport. Brady is 44 years old. He's the league's leading passer in both yards and points. He's averaging the second-highest passing yards per game in his career and still has an outside chance of upstaging his 50-touchdown performance from 14 years ago.

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Some people may not like the thought of Brady being named the Most Valuable Player for the fourth time, but options are limited with Rodgers being a primary candidate.
Matthew Stafford of the Los Angeles Rams or Kyle Murray of the Arizona Cardinals could shake up the hierarchy. It wouldn't be a surprise to see a push from the Los Angeles Chargers' Justin Herbert. They have some work to do.
Rodgers and his Packers have a lot going for them. Green Bay's future Hall of Fame signal-caller will have the support of his teammates, even though he was upset with the Packers' treatment of a player of his stature. Rodgers said things prior to the season that were not necessarily wrong. The futility of the Packers' season when he's not in the lineup was shown by his one-game absence.
Rodgers has excelled when he's on the field. Rodgers has completed 68.3% of his passes since the Packers' loss to the Saints. He was one of five quarterbacks with a QBR greater than 65. He's the best passer in the league when he's in rhythm.
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Despite playing behind a patchwork offensive line, Rodgers is still as good as he has been. Three backups started on the left side for Green Bay. Billy Turner had his leg rolled up and didn't return. Rodgers didn't flinch. The offense scored 24 second-half points to pull away from the Bears.
Rodgers' odds could be improved by improved health. The Packers could get some help from Jaire Alexander, David Bakhtiari, and Za'Darius Smith if they return. Rodgers has an injured toe.
He said that they would look at it tomorrow. It definitely took a step back tonight.

The quarterback is partially responsible for overcoming the Packers' special teams' play. In the first half alone, Green Bay allowed a 97-yard punt return for a touchdown, two kickoff returns over 40 yards, and a muffed punt. These mistakes would doom the outcome for most teams. Rodgers and Co. are good enough to deal with those issues.
"Can I still play?" is one of the questions that would be considered when continuing to play. Do I still have it? Is it possible that I can still be effective and efficient? Rodgers was asked if Sunday's game was his last against the Bears. I think the answer is yes.

Rodgers could play for a long time if he wanted to, since he owns the Packers' hated foe.
For Bleacher Report, Brent Sobleski covers the National Football League. You can follow him on social media.