NFL Announces 2019 Season Opener Won’t Include New England Patriots

The NFL has immediately revealed the primary common season recreation the 2019 season – and it will not embrace the defending champion New England Patriots.

As introduced at Monday’s proprietor’s assembly, the Chicago Bears will host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 5 to kickf the brand new season, whereas the Patriots host the Sunday Night recreation on September eight. Both video games will probably be broadcast by NBC.

The Super Bowl champs historically host the NFL’s Thursday evening common season opener, however the league is doing issues a bit otherwise this yr in celebration their 100th yr. 

The Thursday evening opener between the Bears and Packers would be the 198th assembly between the 2 groups, together with common and postseason contests, and the 34th time that they’ve opened up the season in opposition to one another. To date, the Packers personal a 97-95-7 collection lead.

The Bears misplaced to the Packers on Sunday Night Football at Lambeau Field to kickf final season, however they bounced again to clinch the NFC North title with a 24-17 victory over Green Bay at Soldier Field on December 16. Chicago completed the yr with a 12-Four mark, whereas the Pack went 6-9-1.

As for the defending champs, their Week 1 opponent has not but been introduced. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New England will be taught the small print their Sunday Night matchup later this spring when the total 2019 common season schedule is revealed.