Bears host Packers to open 2019 National Football League season on Thursday, Sept. 5

Reports Saints won't help open 2019 NFL season unless on MNF

The Matt LaFleur era will begin in a game against the defending NFC North champions.

This is customary for Super Bowl champions, but the National Football League officially announced Monday the Bears will host the Packers on Thursday, September 5 to commemorate the NFL's 100th season.

The Packers hold a 97-95-6 series advantage, including playoffs, but did not retake the series lead until they beat the Bears in Week 4 of the 2017 season. For many years it was the other way around. Several high-profile defensive additions as well as a pair of first-round picks have the Green Bay faithful excited for a bounce-back season.

The Bears will host the Packers at Soldier Field in Week 1, making it the second straight season the two teams face off to start the year. All division games are hard, especially on the road.

Genetics expert reckons he can clone Barcelona star Lionel Messi
The 34-year-old has scored 85 goals in 154 global games and could also play in Portugal's game in Serbia on 25 March. It is expected Messi will be fit to play in Barcelona's next game against Espanyol on March 30.

The Westgate has the Bears favored (8-5) to win the division, with the Packers (2-1) and Vikings (2-1) right behind them.

The NFL has made a decision to break away from tradition this year, with the Super Bowl champions not hosting the season opener.

The full National Football League regular season schedule will likely be released next month, but we now know Green Bay's Week 1 opponents.

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