It’s not much longer now. The NFL’s regular season is almost upon us, and the Green Bay Packers will open it in style. 2019 will see the league celebrate its 100th season, and part of that celebration is to begin the year with a special game pitting the oldest rivals in pro football history against one another.
The game between the Packers and the Chicago Bears is a rematch of last year’s opening Sunday Night game, and Packers fans will look back on the result of that game as a rare bright spot in an ugly season. Although quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered broken bones in his leg that would limit him all season long, he returned after halftime to lead the team on a thrilling comeback victory, ensuring that the team would preserve the all-time lead against their Windy City rivals for another year.
However, the Bears went on to go 12-4 on the year, winning the NFC North and hosting a playoff game that resulted in some schadenfreude for Packers fans. Kicking against his old team, the Philadelphia Eagles, Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field goal was tipped at the line of scrimmage, then hit both the upright and the crossbar before falling to the turf at the goal line and ending the Bears’ season.
(You didn’t think that this article would fail to mention the Double Doink, did you?)
For the Packers, it was a season full of frustration rather than a single moment. That ugly 2018 season finished with the team going 6-9-1 and with head coach Mike McCarthy out of a job with a month left in the campaign. Enter Matt LaFleur, whose offense we have yet to see with Aaron Rodgers under center. This should be a fascinating game, as LaFleur will do battle with new Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.
Here’s how and when to tune in for this week’s opening game.
Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears
Thursday, September 5, 2019
7:20 PM Central Time (8:20 PM ET)
Commentators: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michelle Tafoya
NBC Sports Live app and nbcsports.com/live
Point spread: Bears favored by 3
Over/under total: 46
All-Time Series Record
Regular season: Packers lead 96-94-6
Playoffs: Tied 1-1
Week 1: @Packers 24, Bears 23
Week 15: @Bears 24, Packers 17