Well, that was brutal.
I’m talking, of course, about that opening-night stinker between the Packers and Bears.
The Packers might have won the scoreboard, 10-3, but everyone involved in this one – the teams, the fans watching, and the NFL all lost for sitting through such a dreadful game.
And it’s exactly what the NFL deserves.
Jay Cutler was on the sidelines at the Packers-Bears game and fans had so many jokes
Because ever since 2003, the Thursday-night opener has been a home game for the defending champs, which, of course, is the Patriots this year.
It’s always a great night celebrating the champs with the pregame concert, the banner ceremony, and the fireworks. It’s also a perfect way to put a nice little bow on the previous year and start a new chapter for the NFL.
But instead of having the game in Foxborough, the NFL opted to have the league’s oldest rivalry kick off the 100th NFL season. This was an idea I slammed back in March, and was proven right for doing so in September.
Because this game between the Packers and Bears was predictably terrible. Which everyone agreed with:
Instead of Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger or Baker Mayfield or Patrick Mahomes (all games that could have happened), we got Aaron Rodgers vs. Mitch Trubisky, who capped off a miserable night by throwing an INT in the end zone with just over three minutes remaining in the game.
Trubisky, who was the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft (ahead of such names as Mahomes and DeShaun Watson), looked lost the whole night against the Packers.
And it didn’t go unnoticed:
So yeah, that oldest rivalry game was a lot of fun. Super necessary. Always nice to have a fifth preseason game to check out.
Glad we didn’t have a big championship celebration for a team with the greatest QB of all time. That would have really stunk.
Good call, NFL.