The 2019 season will open with Packers at Bears

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The NFL is going to break one tradition to honor an even longer one.

The league announced that this year’s season opener will feature the Packers at the Bears on Thursday, Sept. 5.

The decision to go with two of the legacy franchises in the league coincides with the league’s celebration of its 100th season.

That keeps the defending Super Bowl champions from kicking off the new year, but the league’s probably OK with that as well.

With so much attention this week (and beyond) on Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s legal situation, putting him in that kind of spotlight probably isn’t anything the league (or Kraft) wants. They’ll still open on Sunday Night Football at home, against a to-be-determined opponent.

85 responses to “The 2019 season will open with Packers at Bears

  1. “Did the NFL time the announcement of this change to the traditional season opener to coincide with Rob Gronkowski’s retirement announcement?” — Tom Curran

  2. Bears have a new D coordinator, while the Packers have a new O coordinator for the first time since 06. That matchup will be fascinating. Should be a great game.

  3. You knew they would ditch on The Patriots. I guess anything they have to do to get away from the tainted super bowl. Not tainted by The Patriots this time, but by the NFL itself. #riggedgame

  4. If the nfl is breaking the tradition, nfl champs playing the first game in the new stadium, why not release the whole schedule? Typical NFL that loves to play games with the fans heads.

  5. old school rivalry. cool choice. cant wait for actual games. lotta negativity about football coming for the next cpl months as the nfl critics use the off season to try and bring the nfl down a notch or two.

  6. So far, no one has blurted out “Can’t Wait!”, and the headline didn’t say “The 2019 season will open with Packers at Bears. Unless it doesn’t”, so those are good signs.

  7. Goodell chickened out of opening night, 2015, when Patriots fans chanted, “Where is Roger?”, and wore tee shirts with an illustration of Roger as a clown.

    Goodell is trying to keep this year’s game low-profile, as he knows he’ll be mocked again.

  8. There was talk of this before Kraft got caught …

    I get why the NFL is doing this but man, two bitter divisional rivals this early in the season? These teams won’t have shaken off their off season rust yet. Too early in my estimation to be playing games with divisional implications

  9. They should schedule all the teams that we’re around back in the 20s and 30s to play each other this year, even if it’s in preseason.

    Cardinals vs Giants

    Lions vs Redskins

    Steelers vs Rams

  10. packerssuckcheese says:
    If the nfl is breaking the tradition . . .

    Yeah, a sacred and historical tradition that dates all the way back to 2004.
    The league is celebrating its 100th season. Having the oldest continuous rivals playing in the season open is a no-brainer.
    The announcement of that game now has nothing whatsoever to do with releasing the rest of the schedule, which won’t be finalized for some time.

  11. Forget all the other hype. This is notjkng more than the Nfl giving the Packers a prime time matchup. They always do. Surprised they didn’t make the bears play on the road.
    No matter what the Packers record is the previous year, the NFL and networks predict great things for them.

    Mark my words. They will play on Monday, Thursday and Sunday night again and they will ALL be home games against the Lions, Vikings and Bears.

  12. Not a big fan of playing divisional games in week one since starting offenses don’t play that much in the preseason, but both teams will be equal that way. Hopefully it will be a good game.

  13. Awesome!

    This is the greatest rivalry in the NFL, and features the two most successful teams in history with a combined total of 22 World Championships between them.

  14. dregonspengler says:
    March 25, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Yeah, a sacred and historical tradition that dates all the way back to 2004.
    The league is celebrating its 100th season. Having the oldest continuous rivals playing in the season open is a no-brainer.
    ***********

    The oldest rivalry but not quite continuous…
    They missed playing each other in a strike shortened season.

  15. This is such crap. Slap in the face to us Bears fan who plan our Kickoff Sunday Tailgate partys an entire YEAR in advance. NFL schedule makers are selfish jerks.

    Bears-Packers 199th game belongs on Kickoff Sunday at 1pm with ALL other games moved to 4pm or Tuesday morning on the Lifetime Channel.

  16. gbbvan says:
    The oldest rivalry but not quite continuous…
    They missed playing each other in a strike shortened season.
    ==

    When I said “continuous” I merely meant two of the three oldest teams in the league, and the only two that have continued as rivals while playing in the same city (which is why I didn’t mention the Cardinals). The comment had nothing to do with never missing a game.

  17. As long as Aaron Rodgers is playing, the Packers will keep getting prime time gamess, no matter how poor their record was (finishing last or 2nd to last in the Division the previous two years)

    Just the WAY it is..

  18. Perfect opener.. The Bears #1 defense should be BETTER after a year to come together. And, Trubisky with another year to figure out the ‘complete’ QB position… Meanwhile, Rodgers & company shows how theyre able to play with a new retooled Defense. GREAT choice!

  19. There is no better way to kick off a NFL season than with the 2 best teams in the black and blue division going toe to toe.

    Packers and Bears – it’s football perfection.

  20. It will be interesting to see how the changes affect the Packers. They should be trending up, just like the Vikings are trending down.

    We shall see.

    Yes two years missing the playoffs, Rodgers looked nothing like years past, a defense that’s still not very good, and one good receiver on your team. Looks like things are looking up for the pack!

  21. Terrible choice, the Pats should have the first game. This series is boring to watch anyway. For the last 45 years it has been most often one team good and the other team not good.You would be hard pressed to remember a quality game in the last 30 years or more.Don’t say the NFC CG it was close but boring.And everyone knew Jay Cutler wouldn’t beat the packers that day.

  22. To those complaining, the NFL is trying to honor the historical roots of the league. The tradition of having the Superbowl Winners host the opening game can miss one year for history’s sake. For those that think its punishment against the Pat’s, get over yourself, its not even a consideration.

  23. Without looking, I’m sure there are Rodgers haters posting that he controls Goodell and the schedule makers, too.
    It’s fitting that the Packers and Bears open the season. They have the longest rivalry in the NFL.
    I think it will be a great way to kick off the new season.

  24. And in baseball instead of the Red Sox opening the season we will have the Boston Braves against the Cincinnati Red Stockings. If LA won the Super Bowl I guaranteed they would have been the opening act.

  25. I hate when the NFL schedules rivalry games so early in the season.

    Packers/bears should always be played in Nov or Dec, just like all divisional games.

    Play the cross conference and cross divisional stuff first then go play the division rivals when it means the most.

  26. The Bears fans are happy about one thing. They won’t have to watch another “doink” “doink” at the end of the game.

  27. Good Lord. The ignorance of the trigger trolls is either on full display or willfully avoided.

    The NFL is celebrating its 100th year, and in doing so is kicking it off with two of the founding organizations.

    That’s it and nothing more.

  28. Couple of bad teams from the worst division in the NFL. Entire division has been to a grand total of 2 Super Bowls in the last 18 years. Only made 7 (2-5) NFC Championship games in that time.

  29. Great choice to kick off the season. A rivalry game with prime time exposure might draw some new fans to the NFL. That is what it should be about. Keeping as many fans interested as possible and trying to get new viewers. With the history of the NFL and the two teams, it should spark interest. The game is a marketing tool for the NFL.

  30. h0metownzero says:
    March 25, 2019 at 5:43 pm
    There is no better way to kick off a NFL season than with the 2 best teams in the black and blue division going toe to toe.

    Packers and Bears – it’s football perfection.
    ——————————————

    In what alternate universe is a team with 1 division win and 1 road win one of the best teams in their division?

  31. In what alternate universe is a team with 1 division win and 1 road win one of the best teams in their division?
    ———————————-
    Packer fan universe. #delusionalville

  32. Packers 0-1 and after 4 weeks———-panic in Green Bay and 0-4——— fire the coach. Then the free agent signings————trade or release them.

  33. 2ruefan says:
    March 25, 2019 at 4:13 pm
    Forget all the other hype. This is notjkng more than the Nfl giving the Packers a prime time matchup. They always do. Surprised they didn’t make the bears play on the road.
    No matter what the Packers record is the previous year, the NFL and networks predict great things for them.
    Mark my words. They will play on Monday, Thursday and Sunday night again and they will ALL be home games against the Lions, Vikings and Bears.

  34. considering the packers only had one home game in primetime, the opener not sure why anyone would base this assumption.

  35. Here I thought it was a new season. Vikings are still celebrating(?) their incredible achievements from last season and looking forward to their future with nearly every free agent leaving.

    Oh…except Barr, who they were saying was mediocre. Now he’s…amazing?

    Oh. Lol.

  36. Of course the NFL has to have the greatest rivalry in the history of the league to open the NFL’s 100th season. This was always the plan and never not going to be.

    Last season was the Packers 100th season and the Packers of course opened their 100th season vs. Bears at Lambeau Field.

    It is certainly also a must that the Bears play the Packers at Soldier Field to open their 100th season.

    #GreatestRivalryInSports

    #GoPackGo!👏🏈

  37. Lol. I’ll give you this…
    Packer fans on PFT are loyal.
    ANY thread on the packers becomes clear on TWO trends
    1) Its dominated by Packer fans
    2) ANYTHING posted denegrating the Vikings will be heavily thumbs up.

    Too funny.

  38. padraichansen it isn’t lost on the fans commenting that this are the one of the oldest NFL teams in the league. And that it is the 100th season of the NFL. It’s just that the games between the teams suck. It is boring stuff nobody but packers and Bears fans want to watch. I am not sure even those fans want to watch it most of the time. Only when they think their team is going to win I suspect. Boring games isn’t the way to start the 100th season. I would have rather seen the future of the league. Like the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes.

  39. If they wanted a rivalry game to lead it all off….. shoulda gone with Steelers/Bengals. Those games ALWAYS produce “entertainment”. And I’m a fan of neither team.
    Packers v Bears? Meh.

  40. Purple is for Pansies says:
    March 26, 2019 at 12:01 am
    Here I thought it was a new season
    —–
    No waffle it’s the off-season. And until the Packers prove different they will be considered for their recent track record of suck. And Packer fans will be laughed at for thinkging that track is already changed before any games have been played.

  41. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 26, 2019 at 11:53 am
    Purple is for Pansies says:
    March 26, 2019 at 12:01 am
    Here I thought it was a new season
    —–
    No waffle it’s the off-season. And until the Packers prove different they will be considered for their recent track record of suck. And Packer fans will be laughed at for thinkging that track is already changed before any games have been played.

    —-

    …waffle? Am I missing something? Perhaps it’s an inside joke.

    Anyway, It’s no different than Vikings fans thinking their non-playoff season last year is a better indicator of dominance than the Packers’ non playoff season.

    lol

    I mean, grow up.

  42. Someone is fully triggered and melting down with jealousy. At least 11 SN’s used by him in this thread. Very common.

    Poor Barney

  43. …waffle? Am I missing something? Perhaps it’s an inside joke.

    Nothing inside about it, everyone knows

    Anyway, It’s no different than Vikings fans thinking their non-playoff season last year is a better indicator of dominance than the Packers’ non playoff season.
    —-
    First you post how the Packers are the best in the NFC north and after multiple people laugh at that your defense is “its a new season” and after your informed that the season has not begun yet your defense becomes “Whaaaa!, Viking fans do it too”. SMH!

  44. fmc651 says:
    March 26, 2019 at 8:54 am
    padraichansen it isn’t lost on the fans commenting that this are the one of the oldest NFL teams in the league. And that it is the 100th season of the NFL. It’s just that the games between the teams suck. It is boring stuff nobody but packers and Bears fans want to watch. I am not sure even those fans want to watch it most of the time. Only when they think their team is going to win I suspect. Boring games isn’t the way to start the 100th season. I would have rather seen the future of the league. Like the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes.
    ========================================================================================
    Let’s see. Last years’ game featured the debut of Khalil Mack as a Bear that included an INT return for a TD by Mack plus a strip sack and fumble recovery by the same as well as the Packers scoring 21 points in the 4th quarter to win by a point. Extremely boring and uneventful. The Bears took the second game of the season, winning by a TD after the game was tied with 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter. I get it, you’re a Vikings’ fan like the other Edina housewives who pay little attention to the rest of the NFL while every Vikings’ game is like the 7th game of the World Series.

    There have been plenty of big games in the Bears/Packers series, even when both teams weren’t at their best. I get the whole jealousy thing of Vikings’ fans, who lack a true rival, history in the development of the league, and the respect of most other NFL fans.

  45. No fake you don’t get much. I didn’t say anything about the Vikings. I wasn’t complaining they should have the first game this year. It has nothing to do with them. The Bears record against Rodgers is brutal. That is what it is about, another boring game. And again now it looks like the Bears have the upper hand. They never seem to be good at the same time. Or the Bears haven’t been able to beat a good packers team and vice versa. It may be one of the oldest series but certainly not the most entertaining series.

  46. whatjusthapped says:
    March 25, 2019 at 6:23 pm
    To those complaining, the NFL is trying to honor the historical roots of the league. The tradition of having the Superbowl Winners host the opening game can miss one year for history’s sake. For those that think its punishment against the Pat’s, get over yourself, its not even a consideration.
    ***********************

    It’s ok, us Pats fans are fine with them throwing these 2 teams a bone. We’ll just wait to kick off next season with the first game after winning the SB again.

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