By Evan Bleier / April 18, 2019

The NFL Schedule Was Released and Network Bosses Are Pleased

Get ready for a lot of New England, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Green Bay and Seattle

The Packers will play the Bears to start the season. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The Packers will play the Bears to start the season. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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In the teams’ 199th all-time meeting, the Green Bay Packers will visit the Chicago Bears to kick off the 2019-20 NFL season.

Though the Super Bowl champs typically play the first game of the season on Thursday Night Football, NFL executives opted to go with the classic rivalry matchup because the game will mark the start of the league’s 100th season. So, instead of playing on TNF, the champion New England Patriots will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football to open the season.

Closing out the league’s opening weekend will be the first week’s annual Monday Night Football doubleheader with the Houston Texans traveling to New Orleans to face the Saints and Denver heading to Oakland.

Howard Katz, the NFL’s point person for formulating the schedule, shared the regular-season schedule with Fox, CBS, NBC and ESPN executives before it was released to the public. After speaking with reps from the networks, The Associated Press reports the consensus is Katz did a fair job of distributing the best matchups amongst all four.

Those matchups will include a lot of New England, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Green Bay, Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams as those teams all got the maximum number of prime-time games, five.

“We’ve got some strong rivalries and division games, but we are also going to great venues again,” ESPN executive vice president of programming Burke Magnus told The AP. “We are going to New Orleans twice, New York three times, San Francisco twice along with heading to Seattle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Mexico City.”

To check out the full schedule, head to the NFL’s website. Also, if you want to get a prediction about what record your team will end up with based on their slate of games, ESPN’s got you.

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