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Patriots May Not Open The 2019 NFL Season

It's being reported that the NFL could make a change for their opening Thursday night. Why?

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Something may not go the Patriots way for once. 

It's being reported by The Sports Business Journal that the NFL may not schedule the Super Bowl 53 champions to open up the 2019 NFL season, but may rather tap the Packers and Bears to kickoff the year on Thursday, September 5. 

The 2019 season will be the 100th NFL season so as part of a year-long-league-wide celebration, Roger Goodell and co. could possibly choose the NFL's oldest rivalry to start the season. 

It would be the first time since 2003 that the defending Super Bowl champion did not host the opening Thursday night game. The Ravens had to play at Denver because of a scheduling conflict with the Orioles in 2013. 

New England would still host the first Sunday Night Football game of the season with the likely opponents being either the Chiefs, Giants, Steelers, or Browns. 

Two positives here: 

1. At least we wouldn't have to sit through an opening night parade of another Patriots celebration. 

2. The Cowboys would have to start the season NOT on primetime (gasps)

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