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Cheese Curds, 5/11: Young Packers roster will get its first regular season test in Chicago

With the Packers’ schedule already leaked, Week 1 could be an early measuring-stick game for the oldest rivals in the NFL.

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This offseason has been a tumultuous one between fans of the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. Both teams had, by most accounts, excellent classes in the 2023 NFL Draft. Chicago even drafted a player with their first pick who had frequently been connected to the Packers: offensive tackle Darnell Wright.

The two teams face quarterback questions as well, with Jordan Love taking over in Green Bay and the Bears looking for more from Justin Fields as a passer. With that in mind, perhaps it’s fitting that the two teams will apparently bookend the 2023 regular season against one another, starting with a week one matchup at Soldier Field.

The Packers’ entire 2023 schedule leaked early this morning, and we have full coverage of it here. But one of the more interesting facets of the schedule is the matchups with the Bears in week one to kick off the season and again in week 18 to close it out. In particular, that opening-week game should be an interesting barometer for these two franchises, and one that could be a springboard for the winning team to jump out to a good start.

The league’s full schedule is set to be released at 7 PM Central tonight, but at least Packers fans can start making some plans early on today.

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