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Thursday Night Football open thread: Bears at Packers

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Hey, a Thursday Night Football game that matters!

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NFL: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Normally, I wouldn’t blame you if you avoided watching “Thursday Night Football.” The games are almost always bad. The team matchups are hardly ever compelling. The game runs really late on an east coast weeknight.

But this week, it may actually be important. The 2-1 Green Bay Packers host the 1-2 Chicago Bears in the very first NFC North matchup of the 2017 season.

The Packers have looked a little shaky this year, just barely getting by the Bengals last week in a 27-24 overtime victory. They come into this game beat up, as both starting offensive tackles are doubtful to play against the Bears.

Chicago, on the other hand, is riding high. After nearly beating the Falcons in Week 1, they finally got their upset last week, downing the Steelers at Soldier Field.

We’ve been long wondering where the NFC North teams stack up against each other this season and Thursday will be our first look into that. We’ll also get to see what it’s like to stream a football game on Amazon Prime. The future is weird.

Here’s how to catch tonight’s game.

Date/Time: September 28, 2017 — 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
TV: NFL Network (CBS in local markets)
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson
Streaming: Amazon Prime
Odds: Packers by 7
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