Leader of the Bounce-Back Pack

Aaron Rodgers tore apart the Bears, which should be no surprise given his bounce-back history. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – Chalk up another win for the Bounce Back Pack.

With a healthy Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers haven’t lost consecutive games since losing to Washington and Miami in the fifth and sixth games of the 2010 season. The Packers, coming off a poor performance at Detroit, rebounded in rousing fashion by blasting the Bears 38-17 on Sunday.

“Aaron’s pretty good. That’s one (reason),” linebacker A.J. Hawk said of the team’s bounce-back ability.

Rodgers was more than good against the Bears. Leading one of the most efficient offensive days in franchise history, the Packers scored every time they had the ball and, for the sixth time in team history, didn’t punt. They needed only 47 plays and 23:38 of possession time to score 38 points.

Benefitting from superb pass protection, Rodgers picked apart Chicago’s defense to the tune of 22-of-28 for 302 yards and four touchdowns.

“Not very good. He missed six passes, so he needs to get better,” receiver Jordy Nelson joked.

Rodgers, who last week told fans to “relax” and said the offense was close to breaking loose, turned in a virtuoso performance. His 151.2 passer rating was the second-best mark of his career. The Bears scored on each of their first three possessions; Rodgers and the offense answered with touchdowns every time.

“We’re 2-2. This was a good win for us. We executed well,” Rodgers said. “Occasionally, there’s some freakouts during the season, so it’s just a reminder that it’s a long season. Sometimes when you say stuff like that, it can start to permeate throughout the team and guys start believing it a little bit, that, yeah, everything is going to be OK. Now, you’ve got to back it up with performance. But this was about execution and efficiency today, and we did a pretty good job.”

Rodgers backed it up – as is his fashion. In his last six games in which he threw for less than 200 yards (including playoffs), Rodgers’ numbers the following week are otherworldly: 70.6 percent, 1,812 yards (302.0 per game), 20 touchdowns, one interception and a sizzling passer rating of 129.6.

“It’s a focus. It’s a focus I try and bring every week,” Rodgers said. “I don’t feel like I ever need to prove anything, but it sure is nice when people start doubting us to go out and have a performance like this.”

It’s not unlike Rodgers’ game at Houston in 2012. The Packers were 2-3 and had given away a game at Indianapolis the week before. The Texans were 5-0 and four-point favorites, but Rodgers threw six touchdown passes in a 42-24 romp.

“I like to put the pressure on myself,” Rodgers said. “As a quarterback, you’re going to get too much credit and too much blame at times. When you’re getting too much credit, you need to deflect properly, and when you’re getting too much blame, sometimes you need to tell everybody to relax or just take it all and lead by example when you get on the field.”

Rebounding Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers' most recent six games following a game in which he threw for less than 200 yards:

Season, GameOpponent (score)CompAttYdsTDINTRating
2010, Game 9DAL (GB, 45-7)273428930131.5
2010, DivisionalATL (GB, 48-21)313636630136.8
2012, Game 9ARI (GB, 31-17)14302184196.9
2012 Game 14CHI (GB, 21-13)233629130116.8
2014, Game 2NYJ (GB, 31-24)254234630109.8
2014, Game 4CHI (GB, 38-17)222830240151.2
Last six games (6-0)Average 35.7-16.51422011,812201129.6

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