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Report: Bears-Packers Likely To Open '19 Season

The Bears may start their centennial season with a Thursday night opener.

February 11, 2019 - 10:31 am

(670 The Score) The NFL and Bears could open up their respective 100th anniversary seasons together with Soldier Field hosting the Packers for the Thursday regular-season opener, Sports Business Journal reported Monday.

The league schedule won't become official until April and no decisions are final. However, the NFL is "leaning toward" giving the Bears the primetime showcase game to kick off the season and moving the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots to the Sunday night slot.

The Ravens are the lone Super Bowl champion since 2006 to not host the league's opening game the following season after a championship, with their opener in 2013 played instead in Denver to accommodate the neighboring Orioles having a game in Baltimore.

Chicago could also play at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day in 2019, SBJ reported.