The Bears will host the Packers for the 2019 season's opening night on Thursday Sept. 5.
Analysis: It is a break with the NFL's recent tradition of having the defending Super Bowl champions host the opener, but the league wants to do something special as it begins its 100th anniversary season. Bears/Packers is as classic as it gets. The Patriots, who are no strangers to Thursday night openers, will instead host the first Sunday Night Football clash of the year. We would be remiss if we left out that both games will be airing on NBC.