With a win tonight, Packers would overtake Bears as NFL’s all-time winningest franchise

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The Bears have been the NFL’s winningest franchise since before the team was called the Bears and before the league was called the NFL: In 1920 and 1921, when what is now the NFL was called the American Professional Football Association, the franchise that is now the Bears and was then called the Staleys won the most games, and that team has remained the NFL’s all-time winningest franchise for a century since then.

That can change tonight.

The Bears and Packers currently each have 786 wins in franchise history, which means if the Packers beat the Titans tonight they’ll be at 787 wins, one ahead of the Bears.

The Packers entered the league just a year after the Bears did and had plenty of success in their early years, but the Bears had plenty of success too, and the Packers weren’t able to gain significant ground on the Bears in the franchise win total until the arrival of Brett Favre, and then Aaron Rodgers: Since Favre arrived in Green Bay in 1992, the Packers have won 85 more games than the Bears. Three decades of first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterbacks are good for a franchise’s win total.

18 responses to “With a win tonight, Packers would overtake Bears as NFL’s all-time winningest franchise

  1. Well at least these 2 teams have a long history they can hang their hat on, because the direction these teams are headed, is UGLY.

  2. Well at least these 2 teams have a long history they can hang their hat on, because the direction these teams are headed, is UGLY.
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    7 1st rounders on that Packer D.. could be scary if they ever hit their stride
    The interior O-line is fantastic if they are going to leave Jenkins there
    Two good RBs if they retain Jones
    Watson and Doubs look legit, but need time

    The last if is the QB

    If the coaches can do their job, this team is set up as well as anyone

  3. “Three decades but only two championships … Small market bias?”

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    Above thought from person is baffling, given several large market teams have zero championships in the last 30 years.

  4. This, like some of Brady’s “records”, is an accounting of longevity, not skill.

    In other words, it’s not so much that you are great, but that you ain’t dead yet.

  5. They have been “winning games” since 1921…..That’s a 40 year or more head start on most teams. The real question is how do they have so few SB championships?

  6. “They have been “winning games” since 1921…..That’s a 40 year or more head start on most teams. The real question is how do they have so few SB championships?”

    The Packers have 13 Championship wins (more than any other team), including 4 Super Bowls.

  7. “Several large market teams” didnt have Favre or Rodgers either
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    Young played on much better teams, and only won 1
    I would say teh same for Mannings Colts.. 1

    Elway only won riding Terrell Davis’ back

    How many HOFrs have no rings at all? Marino, Tarkenton, Fouts, Moon, Kelly…

  8. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    November 17, 2022 at 12:51 pm
    “Several large market teams” didnt have Favre or Rodgers either.

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    Every team in the league had ample opportunity to land either one of those guys. Of course if they had, there’s no way to know if either, or both, of them would have turned out to be any good. Seeing how many promising young QB careers have been utterly destroyed by so many of those teams, I rather doubt it.

    Brett Favre was a drunk, out of shape, 3rd-string-nobody that Atlanta couldn’t wait to get rid of and nobody else wanted. The usual suspects shrieked in moist delight at the way Ron Wolf “got fleeced” in trading a first-round-pick for Favre. Then Mike Holmgren and company went to work… and Ron Wolf (along with the rest of us) got the last laugh. And we’re still laughing.

    Aaron Rodgers’ entire game was overhauled as he sat behind Favre. Meanwhile, the usual suspects convulsed with glee at Ted Thompson’s “wasted first-round pick.” Then Mike McCarthy and company went to work. Rodgers’ footwork and throwing mechanics were entirely reworked. McCarthy taught him how to read defenses and Rodgers himself has said “Despite public perception, Brett Favre is the guy that taught me how to really throw a football.” Here again, Ted Thompson (along with the rest of us) got the last laugh. And we’re still laughing.

    But yeah, sure, keep telling yourself how these guys just fell right out of a magic tree, ready to go.

    And now we have the usual suspects squealing about Gutekunst’s “wasted pick” of Jordan Love. I’m pretty sure this will turn into 15 more years of crying about how the Packers “lucked into” another one. And I’m completely sure we’ll keep laughing at the criers.

  9. There have been some dry stretches for sure. But thank goodness Packer fans have never had to endure more than 60 years without a World Championship.

  10. I hope you remember your post in 3 years when Love is a back-up for the Steelers or Texans Es El Repollo. The Pack may still be good, but it won’t be because of a wasted 1st round QB pick that could have been used on someone to assist a team that already had a first ballot HOFer on staff.

  11. The fact that the Bears have held this record all this time shows you how meaningless this stat is…

  12. In the 1990s, the Bears held what looked like an insurmountable lead on the Packers…

  13. Here again, Ted Thompson (along with the rest of us) got the last laugh. And we’re still laughing.
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    Rodgers fell into his lap. Lets be real here.

    And after 2011, the League did nothing but laugh at his “defense”

    Look at the his 1st rounders on D. You might laugh… if you can see past the carnage.

  14. Ron Wolf (along with the rest of us) got the last laugh. And we’re still laughing.
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    With Holmgren leaving, Wolf hired Ray Rhodes and let Andy Reid walk out the door.

    That lasted a year.. then he inexplicably gave Mike Sherman complete control of the operation.

    Look at how those moves impacted the organization from 1999 and beyond. And try not to cry.

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