games are not blacked out because they are on network television, which is free to anyone with an over-the-air
antenna. However, if the Green Bay Packers
game is on ESPN
Network or is blacked out for attendance reasons, you can still watch
it, albeit with a little bit of work involved.
The Packers (5–7–1) remain alive for a wildcard berth but can no longer win the division. Green Bay earned its first win since Nov. 11 with a 34–20 victory over Atlanta last week. Aaron Rodgers went 21-of-32 for 196 yards and two touchdowns, while Aaron Jones added 78 yards rushing and a touchdown on 17 carries.
In their Week 1 meeting this season, the Packers escaped with a 24–23 home victory.
||Packers vs Bears
||5th Sep 2019
||Soldier Field, Chicago
season opener has traditionally featured the winner of the previous year's Super Bowl, but that will all change during the 2019 regular season. The NFL
announced on Monday afternoon that the Chicago Bears will host the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field to begin the 2019 season on Thursday Night Football
. This will mark the second year in a row the Bears and Packers have squared off in Week 1 against each other.
There have been rumblings for the last couple months suggesting the two long-time NFL
rivals could kick off the upcoming season. The 2019 season will mark the 100-year anniversary for both the NFL
and for the Bears organization. The Packers celebrated their 100-year anniversary in 2018 and hosted the Bears at Lambeau Field in Week 1 on Sunday Night Football. The full NFL schedule typically does not get released until sometime in April.
The first NFL Kickoff game was introduced in 2002. The first game was between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants. Since 2004, the game has featured the reigning Super Bowl champion. The Baltimore Ravens are the only defending Super Bowl champion that did not host the first game of the year due to a conflict with parking.