Bears to Host Packers in Primetime to Kickoff 100th Season
Typically the defending Super Bowl champions kickoff the start of the new NFL season. But for the NFL’s 100th season, it only seemed right to stray from that formula for something more traditional.
The NFL will kickoff its centennial season with one of its most storied rivalries as the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Soldier Field. The Bears are also celebrating their 100th season. The two rivals have played 198 games against each other and first met in 1921.
Last season, the Bears traveled to Lambeau Field for their season opener, and while they got off to a hot start, they couldn’t close out the game, losing 24-23. It was a loss that defined their obsession to be the best and to finish. And that much was evident when the two teams met in Chicago later in the season and the Bears came away with the 24-17 win — and the NFC North Championship.
There are plenty of stories surrounding this match-up, most notably the almost-exchange of safeties. Former Bear Adrian Amos was signed by the Packers in the offseason while the Bears signed Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who had been traded to Washington last season.
The Bears are coming off an impressive season in which they went 12-4 and won the NFC North title. Their season was cut short in a Wild Card Playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. But if there’s one thing that’s clear it’s that this is a team trending in the right direction. They have the talent and the NFL’s Coach of the Year and The Sporting News’ Executive of the Year.
Mark your calendars. The countdown to Sept. 5 is on!