As announced at Monday's owner's meeting, the Chicago Bears will host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 5 to kickoff the new season, while the Patriots host the Sunday Night game on September 8.
The game will be played the Thursday before the first Sunday of the season on NBC.
The matchup between the two blue-chip franchises will be the 199th meeting in their long-standing NFC North rivalry.
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Patriots fans can put Sunday, Sept. 8 on their calendars as the date New England begins its title defense, but it won't be the first game of the 2019 National Football League season.
The league did not announce an opponent for the Patriots, but possible opponents include the Browns, Steelers, Chiefs, Cowboys and Giants in addition to the three other teams in the AFC East being the Bills, Jets and Dolphins. Green Bay leads the all-time series - which began with Chicago's 20-0 shutout in 1921 - by a margin of 97-95-6.
Of course, the Bears and Packers played in prime time on Week 1 last season, ending with one of the top comebacks of Aaron Rodgers' career. However, this will mark the first time since 2004 that the league is straying from its customary tradition.