1. The Bears and the NFL will kick off their 100th seasons under the lights in front of a nationally-televised NBC audience when they play host to the Packers at 7:20 p.m. CT at Soldier Field.
2. The Packers (56-39-3, .586) and the Bears (54-40-5, .570) have the two best Kickoff Weekend win totals in the NFL.
3. The Bears-Packers rivalry is the oldest in the NFL, dating to 1921.The two teams will be meeting for the 199th time on Thursday, with Green Bay owning a slight edge in the series, 97-95-6.
4. The Bears are facing the Packers on Kickoff Weekend for the third time in five years and are in search of their first Week 1 win since a 2013 win over the Bengals at Soldier Field.
5. Thursday’s game will mark the first time in franchise history in which the Bears have opened an NFL season on Thursday night.
6. The last time the Bears and the Packers met at night at Soldier Field was 2010 on MNF, a 20-17 Bears victory in Week 3.
7. The Bears and the Packers split the season series last year as Chicago dropped a 24-23 decision in Week 1 at Lambeau Field before defeating the Packers in Week 15 at Soldier Field, 24-17, to clinch the NFC North division championship.
8. The last time the Bears and Packers met in Week 1 in consecutive seasons was
1980 and 1981.
9. In three career starts vs. the Packers, QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY has completed 65.3 percent (64-of-98) of this throws for 703 yards (234.3 ypg) with three TDs, zero INTs and a 96.6 passer rating. He also has rushed 10 times for 48 yards and a score.
10. The Chicago Furniture Bank will receive a $100,000 grant Thursday, part of the Bears100 Community All-Pros initiative in which the Bears will donate $1M to 10 local organizations in 2019.
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