In order to celebrate it’s 100-year anniversary, the NFL is changing up a tradition.
Normally, the NFL regular season would start off with the reigning Super Bowl champions against another team but with the league celebrating it’s 100th birthday, it’s decided to do things differently.
According to NOLA.com columnist Jeff Duncan, the NFL is close to naming the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears as the matchup to begin the 2019 season on Thursday night.
Hearing the Packers at Bears game will likely be the 2019 season’s Thursday Kickoff Game to recognize the NFL’s 100th anniversary.
— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) February 3, 2019
The Packers and Bears are the two of the more storied franchise in NFL history with roots dating back to the early days of football.
They are also one of the biggest rivalries in all of sport so it makes sense to have them in Primetime but wouldn’t it make sense to have the defending champions unveil their Super Bowl banner on Opening night and have the Packers and Bears kickoff on Sunday Night Football?