It appears as if the NFL’s oldest rivalry is in line to take center stage in Week 1 for the second consecutive season.
It is possible, maybe even more likely than not, that neither the #Patriots nor #Rams will be featured in first game of 2019 season. With #NFL celebrating its 100th anniversary, the possibility of a #Packers vs #Bears opener is a consideration.
— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) February 3, 2019
Hearing the Packers at Bears game will likely be the 2019 season’s Thursday Kickoff Game to recognize the NFL’s 100th anniversary.
— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) February 3, 2019
Long-time NFL insider Ed Werder tweets that a Bears-Packers season-opener to get things started in 2019 is under consideration, while NOLA.com columnist Jeff Duncan chimes in after hearing the Bears “will likely be” hosting the Packers to open the 2019 season to honor the NFL’s 100th anniversary. Usually, the season-opening lid-lifter in the NFL features the Super Bowl winner and a contender on their schedule. So perhaps the Rams facing the Bears, Cowboys, or Saints could be an option, as could a Patriots game against the Chiefs, Texans, or Ravens. But it doesn’t have to go down like that, especially if the NFL sees a perfect opportunity to weave in an iconic matchup that is as old as the league itself.
The NFL won’t announce it’s schedule until April, but it would make sense for this game to be played at Soldier Field because it also happens to be the Bears’ 100th-year anniversary. What better way to kick off a pair of centennial anniversary celebrations than by putting the Bears and Packers on Thursday Night Football to kick off the season. After all, shouldn’t the Bears get a chance to return the favor against the Packers on year after Green Bay’s miracle win to open their 100th season?