Report: Packers-Bears the “likely” season opener

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As the confetti falls at the conclusion of every Super Bowl, one of the assembled PFT writers posts an item on the potential candidates to face the NFL champion for the opening Thursday of the season. This year, that post ultimately may be moot.

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the the first game of the NFL’s 100th season “likely” will be the Packers at the Bears. The Packers completed their 100th season in 2018, and the Bears will celebrate theirs contemporaneously with the NFL’s centennial celebration.

Duncan adds the the Saints and Rams likely will have a rematch in prime time, on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, if the Rams win the Super Bowl. If the Patriots win, New England presumably would open the season on Sunday night, hosting the Dolphins, Bills, Jets, Cowboys, Giants, Steelers, Browns, or Chiefs.

The NFL began scheduling the Super Bowl champion for the first game of the season more than a decade ago.

47 responses to “Report: Packers-Bears the “likely” season opener

  1. Packers celebrated their 100th anniversary before the league officially started. That’s like celebrating your wedding anniversary before saying “I do”.

  2. If Rams win the season opener will be in LA, if Patriots win season opener will be Packers-Bears.

  3. I’m watching the Pack v. Bears RIGHT NOW as I post this. 1995 at Lambeau. 14-7 end of the 1st qtr.

  4. That’s fine… after not having football for 6 months, I’m OK with almost anything that Thursday night. Both the Bears and the Packers should be contenders anyway – good game. This coming from a NE fan.

  5. marc127 says:
    February 3, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Packers celebrated their 100th anniversary before the league officially started. That’s like celebrating your wedding anniversary before saying “I do”.

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    The Packers existed as a team before the NFL was formed. The Packers played in 1919 (thus 2018 was their 100th season). The NFL’s first season was 1920 so their 100th season is 2019.

  6. I do not like it. Give the champs their due, no matter who it is. Play the Bears/Packers on Sunday night. Even though the champs playing the first game is not a long tradition, it should be preserved as if it will be.

  7. marc127 says:
    February 3, 2019 at 3:51 pm
    Packers celebrated their 100th anniversary before the league officially started. That’s like celebrating your wedding anniversary before saying “I do”.
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    Typical of their arrogance.

  8. I think the season opener should just be what the league assumes will be a marquee matchup. This is a good trend.

  9. I would make this the Sunday night game and keep the Thursday night game with the Pats or Rams hosing someone… You could have the Cowboys or Browns at the Pats (I’m guessing they don’t want the KC game this early in the season) or you could have Saints-Rams or Cowboys-Rams in the opening slot.

  10. filthymcnasty3 says:

    This is the greatest rivalry in sports, with a combined 22 World Championships between them.
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    Only Super Bowls matter, and the greatest rivalry in sports is the Cowboys vs NFC East.

  11. filthymcnasty3 says:
    February 3, 2019 at 4:02 pm
    This is the greatest rivalry in sports, with a combined 22 World Championships between them.

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    Nobody cares about pre-SB championships when there were 6-8 teams in the league

  12. Pats wont play browns week 1, browns at cards week 1 mnf. Wont play giants, bills miami or jets. Pitt game last few years has been late season. NFL saving the Chiefs game for midseason. That leaves Dallas who always plays SNF week 1 or week 2.

  13. “Nobody cares about pre-SB championships when there were 6-8 teams in the league”

    There’ve never been fewer than ten teams, which was probably about an equal number to the population of the country back then.

  14. The league shouldn’t burn too many marquee matchups in Week 1. Most of us will be so starved for football that it could be Bills vs. Jaguars and I’d be all in.

  15. I realize that this matchup doesn’t appeal to all fans.
    Ideally you’d probably want to represent both conferences to broaden interest.

    But, being one of the long standing NFL rivalries in the league’s 100th season, it just makes sense and it’s a great way to historically kick off the league’s anniversary.
    And I think it’s kind of cool to have each team’s biggest rivals battling it out on the league’s center stage.
    Can’t wait!!!

  16. Nobody cares about pre-SB championships when there were 6-8 teams in the league
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    No true NFL fan believes this.

  17. That is pretty lame. The Packers didn’t even make the playoffs. The Bears made it — but didn’t do much playing against the big boys. Besides, since Gayle Sayers left, there is really no one worth watching on the Bears. Why not feature the Super Bowl teams or at least one of the exciting squads — KC and New Orleans spring to mind. A yawner of an opener.

  18. Even though the Packers won last year, I don’t like opening against primary division rivals. If this happens, they better not have to play the Vikings again in Week #2.

  19. So stupid. The best thing about the NFL vs other sports is that you get rewarded for excellence. Great regular season? Get a first round bye. Win the Superbowl -> open the season a bit earlier and get another mini-bye right after. Why do the Packers/Bears deserve this advantage??

  20. NFL’s 100th Season

    What else could you have but Packers vs. Bears to open the season? The greatest and oldest rivalry in the NFL’s history.

    Now you just have to do something about that 100th season logo. That is embarrassing.

  21. Only 55 days until players report to Green Bay to begin phase 1 of the 2019 season.

    Only 80 days to the draft.

    #GoPackGo!🏈☝️

  22. Yeah dumb comments regarding the history of the NFL. By this logic, anything before tv is irrelevant. And no just as ANY sports league, the number of teams continue to grow. ALL leagues have to have a starting point.

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