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How to Watch Bears vs. Packers Online: NFL 2019 Season Opener Live Stream

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Are you ready for some football? We're just moments away from the start of the 2019 NFL season, which will see longtime divisional rivals the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears duke it out in Soldier field.

Bears vs. Packers will set the tone for what should be an exciting few months of football. On Green Bay's end, quarterback Aaron Rodgers will have to prove if he's still worthy of Elite QB status after a shaky few years, all while trying to gel with new coach Matt LaFleur.

After winning the NFC North and making the playoffs last year, the Bears will attempt to keep the momentum going, having made minimal changes to a strong roster spearheaded by quarterback Mitch Trubisky and linebacker Khalil Mack.

Don't have cable? No problem -- we've got your complete guide on how to live stream Bears vs. Packers online.

When is Bears vs. Packers?

Bears vs. Packers will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 p.m. PT.

How can I live stream Bears vs. Packers?

Bears vs. Packers will be broadcast on NBC, which is available on most major cord-cutting services including Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. The game will also be available on fuboTV and NBCSports.com. Those subscribed to NFL Game Pass can watch the game after it airs live.

Note that Bears vs. Packers isn't part of Thursday Night Football, which starts on Sept. 12 and airs primarily on NFL Network with select games also available on FOX and Amazon Prime Video

Here's a rundown of where you can watch the big game:

AT&T TV Now: AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) is a handy streaming service that includes NBC its entry-level $50 tier.View Deal

Hulu + Live TV: Hulu's Live TV package costs $45 per month for 60 channels, including NBC. You can also record up to 50 hours of programming to Hulu's cloud DVR.View Deal

Playstation Vue: With a $45-a-month PlayStation Vue Core subscription, you can stream NBC.View Deal

SlingTV: Sling offers NBC in select markets through its Blue Tier, which costs $15 per month. You’ll want to input your ZIP code into Sling’s service to determine whether you’ll be able to stream Fox. If not, move on.View Deal

YouTube TV: The $50-a-month YouTube TV has more than 70 channels, including NBC. YouTube TV also features unlimited cloud DVR storage.View Deal

fuboTV: fuboTV is a streaming service aimed at sports fans, with 30 hours of cloud DVR and support for up to three simultaneous streams. You can catch the big game as part of the service's $45 per month package.

Can I use a VPN to watch Bears vs. Packers?

If you're traveling outside of the United States and don't want to miss your favorite NFL teams, a VPN (virtual private network) can help you watch from wherever you are. In fact, some internet users seem to have found a workaround with NFL Game Pass that lets them watch games live by using a VPN service.

Many online guides suggest that if you use a VPN to make it look like you're located in Europe, and use that to sign up for the European version of NFL Game Pass, you'll be able to watch any game you want live. Nearly every European country and former Soviet republic can access NFL Game Pass, but you might not want to pick the United Kingdom or Ireland as your "location," because some blackouts apply there, too.

We've evaluated many VPN services, and our top pick is ExpressVPN. It meets the VPN needs of the vast majority of users, offering outstanding compatibility with most devices and impressive connection speeds. It's also affordable at $12.95 per month. (Signing up for longer periods of six months or a year reduces the cost even more.)

Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN costs as little as $6.77 per month if you sign up for a one-year contract, and there's a 30-day money-back guarantee.View Deal

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