To see the state of the Bears-Packers rivalry as the get set to face each other Sunday, one depressing stat does it succinctly.
The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will renew their rivalry this weekend, in the first of two matchups this season (barring a playoff matchup). Aaron Rodgers will of course be under center for the Packers. Rookie Justin Fields will make his fourth career start, and his first of what Bears fans hope will be many against Green Bay.
The Packers have enjoyed remarkable continuity and excellence at the most important position on the field. Brett Favre never missed a start from taking over for Don Majkowski in September of 1992 until he was gone after the 2007 season, while only injury has taken Rodgers out of the lineup since he took over in 2008. Two Hall of Famers, over 30 seasons now.
Chicago’s struggles to find a franchise quarterback are well known. There have been misses in the draft (Cade McNown, Mitch Trubisky) and moves to bring in a veteran that didn’t totally work out (Jay Cutler).
A depressing quarterback stat reflects state of Bears-Packers rivalry
Fields will be the 20th starting quarterback the Bears have had against the Packers since 1992.
Probably bring this up every year before the 1st Packers-Bears game, but …
Justin Fields will be 20th different starting QB that CHI has used against Packers since 1992.
GB has used 3 different starters vs. Bears during that span: Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 13, 2021
Brett Hundley makes the list of Packers starting quarterbacks against the Bears since 1992 He made one start, when Rodgers was out in 2017. Otherwise, it’s been Favre and Rodgers.
Can you name the first 19 Bears quarterbacks to start against the Packers since 1992? Let’s go through the names.
Yep, that’s 19 that have preceded Fields as the Bears starting quarterback against the Packers since 1992. The list of other quarterbacks who have merely appeared in games against the Packers over that span is interesting to dive into too.