The NFL's oldest rivalry takes on a different look to open the league's 100th season.
It's a role reversal for Chicago and Green Bay.
A year after new coach Matt Nagy took quarterback Mitch Trubisky and the Bears to Lambeau Field to kick off the season, the script flipped, with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and new coach Matt LaFleur coming to Soldier Field.
"It was always big Chicago against little Green Bay," Rodgers said. "We've held our own over the years, and it's always been a great rivalry.
"It's one of the special ones in the history of professional sports."
In Rodgers' experience the Packers trust, even using a new offense for the first time since he became starter in 2008.
"He's been there before, he's got a lot of game reps," LaFleur said of Rodgers. "The one thing you can always find comfort in is that you know the moment won't be too big for him. He's played in a lot of big games."
Rodgers has been a particular problem for the Bears, beating them in 16 of 21 starts. In last year's opener, Rodgers shook off a 20-point deficit in the second-half and a knee injury to lead a 24-23 win over Khalil Mack and the Bears.
Chicago returned the favor in December and ended Green Bay's five-game series winning streak to clinch the NFC North title en route to a 12-4 record.
Now it's a matter for Rodgers of using an offense emphasizing more running and deception while facing ad defense that's the NFL's best at intercepting passes (27).
"It's so new, it's so different than what we've done in the past," Rodgers said.
The Packers ran less than any team in the NFL last year, and look to get running back Aaron Jones more carries.
"Now we're throwing new things at them with personnel groupings and motions and alignments and movement and adjustments that they haven't seen from us," Rodgers said.
Elliott gets $90M deal
Ezekiel Elliott has a new contract with the Cowboys just in time for the regular season. The star running back agreed to a $90 million, six-year contract extension that will make him the NFL's highest-paid player at his position and end a holdout that lasted the entire preseason.
Elliott will get $50 million guaranteed. The $15 million-per-year average on the extension surpasses the $14.4 million Todd Gurley got from the Rams last summer. Gurley's guarantee was $45 million.
•Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles will start the season on the injury report. The team listed Foles on its initial report with an abdominal oblique injury but said he's expected to play in the season opener against Kansas City.
•Receiver Antonio Brown said the Raiders fined him close to $54,000 for missing a practice and walk-through last month following his dispute with the NFL over having his old helmet being rejected for safety reasons.
•The Titans placed kicker Ryan Succop (offseason knee surgery) on injured reserve and have added veteran Cairo Santos to replace him.
•Bobby Dillon, the Packers' career leader in interceptions who lost his left eye following two childhood accidents, died Aug. 22. He was 89. Dillon played safety for Green Bay from 1952 to 1959, setting the franchise record for interceptions with 52.