The NFL is back with the league’s oldest rivals — the Green Bay Packers visiting the Chicago Bears — appropriately kicking off the 100th season in 2019 on Thursday Night Football.
As is customary for the first game of a new season we get a Thursday game being marketed as NBC Sunday Night Football. Why? Because the game is being broadcast on NBC Sports TV with the NBC announcing crew.
The start time for the 2019 NFL kickoff premiere game featuring Chicago and GB is 8:20 pm ET / 5:20 PT. Watch Packers vs Bears football online without cable using one of these live stream services.
Our first recommendation to watch tonight’s Packers Bears game online free is to take advantage of a FuboTV 7-day free trial. FuboTV includes NBC so you can fire it up and be ready to watch some football. Then if you like the service after a week you can signup to continue for $44.99 a month and enjoy many popular channels without needing a cable or satellite monthly subscription.
Another way to watch the Bears Packers game online streaming for free is via Hulu Live TV. NBC is included in the Hulu Live TV package, though you have to do a zip code check to ensure there’s not an exception in your area.
Where the Hulu + Live TV service gets a leg up on fuboTV is it also includes access to their entire vast catalog of SVOD i.e. existing shows content. Fans of non-sports content will find countless hours of entertainment to watch.
If you’re on a computer and have cable or satellite then the Chicago Green Bay game is available here at NBC Sports Live Extra. Alternatively the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app will also grant you access to watch the game online with a cable or satellite provider login.
Packers vs Bears Preview
This year’s Bears and Packers first meeting feels a little different than years’ past. That’s because the Bears seem like they’re on an upward trajectory while the Packers are entering an age of uncertainty.
Last season Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears won the NFC North with a 12-4 record. One of the biggest reasons why is the Bears defense picked off 27 passes, more than any other defense in the NFL.
The Packers enter this season with a new offense and a veteran quarterback in Aaron Rodgers that will be employing it. They will be running the ball more and masking their pass plays in hopes of confusing opposing defenses.
Be on the lookout for Khalil Mack coming after Rodgers and trying to put him to the turf early. The last thing the Bears want is for Rodgers to get comfortable in the pocket.
The Bears and Packers split their season series 1-1 a year ago.