The NFL’s 100th season kicks off with a showdown between one of the fiercest rivalries in league history. The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears will meet at Soldier Field on Thursday, Sept. 5 on NBC. The game marks the 199th meeting between the two clubs since 1920, including the postseason. It is also the start of a season-long battle within the NFC North, which has seen a different team take the division title in each of the last three years.
There are several iconic records on the line this season, including Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdown passes in NFL history. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (520) needs 20 touchdown passes and New England quarterback Tom Brady (517) needs 23 to surpass Manning (539) for the most all-time.
Speaking of records, the New England Patriots won their sixth Lombardi Trophy last year and will begin their quest to break a tie with their Kickoff Weekend opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, for the most-ever Super Bowl victories. The AFC stalwarts clash on Sunday Night Football on NBC. By winning another title this season, New England would also join Pittsburgh as the only teams to win consecutive Super Bowls on two occasions.