Hey everyone, just wanted to clear some things up; YES I will be playing with the @packers next year, however, reports about me signing a contract are inaccurate, as are the supposed terms of the contract I “signed”. I’m very excited to be back 💪🏼 #year18❤️
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) March 8, 2022
The announcement by Rodgers came off the heels of reports that he signed a new deal with the Pack.
He would debunk those rumors with his tweet.
While trade rumors have gone around about Rodgers since last season, nothing came of those rumors.
It looks that he has made a wise decision staying in the NFC North.
Lions, Vikings, and Bears Oh My! No Problems Here
When first thinking about lions and bears, they are supposed to scare people.
The Lions and Bears in the NFC North are nothing to be scared of for Rodgers.
First, the Bears have lost most of their 2018 defensive squad that gave Rodgers fits that season.
Second, the Lions haven’t had a top ten defense since 2014
The Lions were a top-five defense for that year and were 1-1 against Rodgers.
Lastly, the Minnesota Vikings’ defense has been spotty against Rodgers, giving him many openings against them.
He Owns The NFC North
Rodgers came under fire last season when he told Chicago fans that he owned them.
– 2010: NFC Championship
– 2013: Week 17 Cobb TD
– 2021: 'I Still Own You'
Aaron Rodgers racked up his 22nd career win against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The QB cherishes the historic #Packers vs. #Bears rivalry and this year, he made a statement to the Chicago fanbase… pic.twitter.com/RrIJ4BybRt
— Pablo Iglesias (@PabloIglesiasTV) October 19, 2021
The reality is, he does, along with the other NFC North teams.
First, he is 23-5 against the Bears.
Second, he is 18-6 against the Lions.
Lastly, he has struggled with the Vikings but is still over .500 against them with a 16-10-1 record.
Rodgers’ success against these teams had only come when those teams had defensive struggles.
So when those teams have a good defensive unit on the field, Rodgers’ performance is not as good.
He Struggles Against Top-Tier Defenses
The NFC North is a great fit for Rodgers due to the lack of defense there now.
When people look back at why he only has one Super Bowl ring, they can find one common denominator.
He fails to make the critical plays in games against good defenses.
Aaron Rodgers vs two bottom-10 defenses and Aaron Rodgers vs a top-15 defense pic.twitter.com/8iOBNoydar
— Chris Carr (@ccarr__) November 4, 2019
Every playoff game, save for one, Rodgers has failed in overcoming top-ranked defenses.
When Rodgers had the ticket to Super Bowl 55 just seven easy yards away from him, he failed.
Rodgers would throw incomplete passes instead of running down the open field on two downs.
He failed again on a snowy Lambeau Field against the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs.
While the Packers’ defense held the 49ers to 13 points, Rodgers had zero touchdowns.
Massive Packers fan. We can blame the special teams and D but that's all bogus. This is all on Rodgers. 10 points at home vs the 49ers with 0 thrown TDs. This is on Rodgers. He choked once again. This hurts to admit but he choked. Let's admit it. This is on #AaronRodgers
— Nav Dosanjh (@NavDosanjh1983) January 23, 2022
The NFC North makes Rodgers look better than he is, a perfect fit for the aging quarterback.
The NFC North Gives Rodgers Best Chance At A Playoff Run
Coming from a Bears fan here, I can be honest and tell you Rodgers will win the NFC North again.
The division isn’t strong enough to hold him back, especially with the Bears trading Khalil Mack away.
The NFC North no longer has shutdown corners to stop Davante Adams, Rodgers’ favorite receiver.
With Rodgers having Adams around for another season, he has an elite receiver that can help him.
He will own the Bears until they can keep what defensive stars they have healthy.
He can keep scoring on the Vikings if they don’t add some defensive power to their roster.
As for the Lions, they are rebuilding but have the trade capital to make waves in the future.