Final

Packers 17

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Bears 20

(3-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30 PM ET, September 27, 2010

Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 7 3 0 717
CHI 0 7 0 1320

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 316 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Cutler (CHI) - 3 CAR, 37 YDS

Receiving: J. Finley (GB) - 9 REC, 115 YDS

Packers-Bears Preview

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The way Jay Cutler sees it, this is a blitz he doesn't need to dodge. If others want to compare him to Aaron Rodgers, well, that makes perfect sense.

"We're in the same division, we're going to face each other twice," Cutler said. "We're about the same age. We've both been successful at times. We're both going to be around for awhile."

It's been some time since Chicago was anything but the second city in the quarterback portion of the rivalry with Green Bay, but with both teams at 2-0 and tied atop the NFC North heading into their Monday night matchup, the gap may be closing.

The Bears are coming off an impressive win at Dallas and are off to their best start since the 2006 Super Bowl team won its first seven, in large part because Cutler is delivering the way they anticipated when they got him from Denver last year.

Now, the difference at quarterback appears as narrow as ever as Chicago prepares for its 180th meeting with the Packers, a new wrinkle for the league's oldest rivalry.

"It's nice to watch him have the success he has had the first two games, I think," Rodgers said. "You got to point to, definitely, some growth in him and understanding that system coach (Mike) Martz is trying to run. It's obviously working very well for him in the first couple weeks. I'm happy for him."

Cutler was averaging a league-leading 10.1 yards per completion and was third with 649 yards passing through the first two weeks, and while covering all that distance, he wasn't giving the ball away. He has five touchdowns with one interception after throwing 26 -- the most in the NFL since Brett Favre's 29 for Green Bay in 2005 -- a year ago, and he's hanging in even though the pass protection still is a bit shaky.

He's showing more poise, isn't forcing as many passes into traffic.

The Bears have 771 yards -- the most for them through the first two games since the 1985 Super Bowl champions racked up 805 -- in large part because Cutler is adapting well to new offensive coordinator Martz.

Rodgers has thrown for fewer yards than Cutler (443), has a lower completion percentage (63.3 to 68.8), one less touchdown (four) and one more interception (two) this season, but both are considered top quarterbacks who are in the early stages of what could be a long-term rivalry.

"Good player, really good player," Cutler said. "Playing at a high caliber. Did it last year. Looks like he's back on track this year. A lot of weapons over there. Tight ends, receivers, running backs. They spread it out a lot. They do some similar stuff we do. Create matchups, he's able to find them. He moves around well. He's definitely one of the top quarterbacks in the league."

Both quarterbacks have emerged from the shadow of a legend -- Cutler from John Elway's in Denver and Rodgers from Brett Favre's in Green Bay.

Both have a Pro Bowl appearance, with Cutler making it in 2008 and Rodgers getting there last year. Both have passed for more than 4,000 yards in a season, with Cutler throwing for 4,526 two years ago and Rodgers going for 4,434 last season after collecting 4,038 the previous season.

Last year, Rodgers completed 106 of 157 passes on third down for a league-leading 1,710 yards with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions. Cutler completed 89 of 154 on third down and ranked 11th with 1,018 yards while getting picked off 12 times.

Cutler might have an edge in arm strength. Rodgers has more experienced receivers in Donald Driver and Greg Jennings and can also beat defenders with his legs. Either way, there's a respect and a friendship between the quarterbacks.

It was Cutler who helped Rodgers' younger brother get acclimated at his alma mater Vanderbilt. Jordan Rodgers, a quarterback, is a junior with the Commodores after spending two years at Butte Junior College.

"He's a guy who's been great to my little brother," Rodgers said. "My little brother goes to Vanderbilt, and as a big brother, that's much appreciated, the way he's made my little brother feel comfortable down there and helped him get the lay of the land down there in Nashville. That only helped to strengthen our friendship. And I pull for him 14 weeks out of the season and hope that maybe he throws us a couple in those other two weeks."

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Passing Leaders

Green BayCMP%YDSTDINT
A. Rodgers66.82748283
M. Flynn46.76001
ChicagoCMP%YDSTDINT
J. Cutler67.026952112
J. Clausen33.34200

Rushing Leaders

Green BayCARYDSAVGTD
E. Lacy1295474.25
J. Starks572123.71
ChicagoCARYDSAVGTD
M. Forte1737334.23
K. Carey301434.80

Receiving Leaders

Green BayRECYDSAVGTD
J. Nelson6099816.69
R. Cobb5477914.410
ChicagoRECYDSAVGTD
A. Jeffery5576113.84
M. Bennett5359111.25

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsGB
 
 358
CHI
 
 289
Yards PassingGB
 
 258
CHI
 
 188
Yards RushingGB
 
 100
CHI
 
 101
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedGB
 
 309
CHI
 
 314
Pass Yds AllowedGB
 
 194
CHI
 
 224
Rush Yds AllowedGB
 
 115
CHI
 
 90

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Green Bay leads 13-8
Dec 13, 2009GB 21, @CHI 14
Sep 13, 2009GB 21, CHI 15
Dec 22, 2008GB 17, @CHI 20
Nov 16, 2008GB 37, CHI 3
Dec 23, 2007GB 7, @CHI 35
Oct 7, 2007GB 20, CHI 27
Dec 31, 2006GB 26, @CHI 7
Sep 10, 2006GB 0, CHI 26
Dec 25, 2005GB 17, CHI 24
Dec 4, 2005GB 7, @CHI 19
Jan 2, 2005GB 31, @CHI 14
Sep 19, 2004GB 10, CHI 21
Dec 7, 2003GB 34, CHI 21
Sep 29, 2003GB 38, @CHI 23
Dec 1, 2002GB 30, CHI 20
Oct 7, 2002GB 34, @CHI 21
Dec 9, 2001GB 17, CHI 7
Nov 11, 2001GB 20, @CHI 12