Packers, Bears to open up 100th National Football League season

Elena Summers
March 26, 2019

Although the defending Super Bowl champion usually hosts the first game of the season, the New England Patriots will take a backseat to the NFL's oldest rivals, welcoming a foe that's still to be determined to Gillette in Foxboro on September 8.

The upcoming 2019 season will be the NFL's 100th campaign.

In recent seasons, the Super Bowl victor hosts the first game of the following season, but in 2019, the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will take the spotlight.

The Bears and the Packers have played each other 199 times in the NFL
The Bears and the Packers have played each other 199 times in the NFL

The Giants opened the 2018 season against an old friend and could open the 2019 season against an old nemesis. The Bears and Packers have played 198 times since the first meeting in 1920. Green Bay leads the series 97-95-6 in the regular season, with the clubs splitting two postseason meetings. It will be known when the full schedule is released later in the spring. The Bears returned the favor in Chicago, clinching the NFC North title with a win over the Packers at Soldier Field in Week 15.

It's nice timing too, with the Packers rebooting a bit over the last two years and now looking to take advantage of the final years of Aaron Rodgers' career by adding Matt LaFleur as their new head coach. However, this will mark the first time since 2004 that the league is straying from its customary tradition.

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