Chicago Bears Could Host Thursday Night Opener

By Matt Gabrielson
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

There is a chance that your Thursday Night opener in the NFL could be the Chicago Bears versus the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field.  Normally the defending Super Bowl champions host the Thursday night opener, but a conflict between the Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball is forcing the game to be moved.

This would be the second year in a row the season opener has been moved, the difference being last year the game was moved in days rather than locations.

This would be a huge opportunity for a Bears team in transition to make a statement.  With a new head coach and coaching staff in place this will be an entirely new look Bears team that would take the field in front of the entire country.  Marc Trestman could make the biggest statement of all if the Bears offense can utilize all of its weapons and live up to the potential they possess.  Jay Cutler could make the statement that he is this years Joe Flacco against none other than Flacco himself.

Not to mention the transition in both of these defenses makes for a great story line by itself.  Both teams lost star middle line backers that had been the faces of their respective franchises.  For the Ravens, how will the team respond to losing it’s inspirational leader in Ray Lewis.  For the Bears, how the team responds to the loss of unquestioned leader Brian Urlacher.  Story lines would truly abound in this opener.

If the NFL is smart they will want the Ravens to be playing the Bears on opening night.  To have your opener in the second largest market in the league is exactly the kind of exposure that the league would want to kickoff the 2013 season.  Chicago is an amazing city and some of the best weather of the year in the windy city is also early September.  Combine all these factors and you have the perfect scenario for opening night.

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