From 2009 through 2016, the Packers were one of the best teams in the NFL. During that same stretch, the Bears were mostly miserable. But in the past two years, Green Bay has been mediocre, and in 2018, Chicago put together its best season in 12 years. It’s been, to say the least, a bit of a role reversal. The 2019 season could be different, though, and when the Packers face the Bears on Thursday in a game you can live stream, it’ll be a new year for everybody.
Green Bay can forget about its combined 13-18-1 record during the past two seasons, while Chicago’s 12-4 mark from 2018, where it won the NFC North and made the playoffs with new coach Matt Nagy, goes back to meaning nothing in 2019. Now, Green Bay has its own new coach to go with its same old future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The 2019 NFL season officially kicks off on Thursday night, and it’ll do so with none other than a classic rivalry — the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers. The two sides have met in prime time 14 straight years, but this week’s clash is unlike many of the NFC North contenders’ most recent showdowns. The Bears are fresh off their first division title since 2010, the Packers are operating with a new head coach for the first time since 2006, and there’s no telling which club is actually best positioned for a playoff run now that Aaron Rodgers is out from under Mike McCarthy’s shadow, Mitchell Trubisky has gotten a taste for the postseason and Chicago’s touted defense no longer plays under the watchful eye of coordinator Vic Fangio.
Thursday night offers both sides a first chance at proving they mean business. It promises an intriguing Packers offense that’ll conceivably feature more freedom for Rodgers. It could shed light on whether Chicago’s “D” really can withstand Fangio’s departure, especially with studs like Khalil Mack more seasoned in the system. And it’ll guarantee someone will sit atop the NFC North by the end of the night.
Be sure to keep it locked right here at CBS Sports for Bears vs. Packers updates before, during and after this week’s anticipated game. Below find details on how to tune in, plus some projections on who will come out on top:
How to watch Packers vs Bears Live Stream
Date: Thursday, Sept. 5
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Soldier Field (Chicago)
Stream: NBCSports.com, fuboTV (try for free)
CBS Sports’ Sean Wagner-McGough likes the Bears as one of his best bets of Week 1 — not only to beat Green Bay but to cover Thursday night’s line. While he admits Chicago is one of the NFL’s most talked-about candidates for regression in 2019 following their explosive run to the playoffs under coach Matt Nagy a year ago, he still believes the Bears are better “at every single position besides quarterback” and envisions Windy City playing host to a seven-point win for Trubisky and Co.
If you’re asking yours truly, well, it’s hard to bet against Rodgers’ Packers in prime time, even with all the uncertainty that comes with Green Bay debuting its new coaching staff. By season’s end, they should be right there in the mix for the division title despite missing out on the last two postseasons. And that journey starts Thursday. While some hiccups from Rodgers and Matt LaFleur are to be expected and Chicago should feel comfortable — and pumped up — at home, it just feels like this will be an instant example of why 2019 is different than 2018. The Bears probably aren’t going to decline as much as some people think, but they’re certainly capable of falling victim to a superior signal-caller with a stud like Davante Adams and other pieces on his side.
Check out CBSSports.com in the lead-up to the game for more predictions, including from Pete Prisco and Will Brinson.
The Green Bay Packers (0-0), led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, meet the Chicago Bears (0-0), led by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, in the 2019 NFL season opener on Thursday, September 5, 2019 (9/5/19) at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Packers vs. Bears
What: NFL Week 1
When: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
Time: 8:20 p.m. Eastern
Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, Cox,DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling.
Plus, the Bears and Packers have one of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries, which is why it makes perfect sense for this game to be selected as the one that kicks off the entire NFL season on Thursday night.
Here’s everything you need to know to find a Packers vs. Bears live stream.
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
When: Thursday, Sept. 5 at 8:20pm ET
Where: Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois
Streaming: NBC (free trials with various streaming services)
How to watch Packers vs. Bears online
Though most Thursday night games are available on Fox, the NFL Network, and Amazon Prime, the Week 1 schedule gives this game exclusively to NBC. Luckily, even though there are variations in their coverage areas and other local channels, all of the major live TV streaming services offer NBC. Some of the best options to stream NBC are listed below.