Packers and Bears will open NFL’s 100th season

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Patriots officially will open season on Sunday night, not Thursday

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

- Earlier in the offseason, it was rumored that the opening Thursday night contest of the NFL's 100th season would be the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears, with the Bears playing host.

Meanwhile, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will host Sunday Night Football in Week 1, although their opponent is yet to be announced.

The Packers are coming off of their 100th season celebration past year, failing to reach the playoffs and culminating with a 6-9-1 record.

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According to, the Packers and Bears have played against each other 14 straight years in primetime, the longest active streak in the NFL. The full schedule for the NFL season will be announced by the league later in the spring.

It's nice timing too, with the Packers rebooting a bit over the last two years and now looking to take advantage of the final years of Aaron Rodgers' career by adding Matt LaFleur as their new head coach.

Chicago got the last laugh in Week 15 on their way to the NFC North division title. The rivalry, which the Packers lead 97-95-6, was amped up another gear this offseason, when they signed former Bears starting S Adrian Amos and the Bears countered by replacing him with ex-Packers first-rounder Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

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