The 2019 NFL season, the 100th, began on Thursday night with a rivalry that has defined the game itself. The Chicago Bears played host to the Green Bay Packers, and in the end it was the yellow and green that came away with a huge victory to start their season in a rough and tumble 10-3 game. Many questions had been asked about the Bears’ offense and if it was good enough to make them a contender following a very strong showing last season. There were no concerns about their defense, as you can tell by only giving up ten points to Aaron Rodgers, but their offense clearly had some issues. The Packers’ defense were able to prevent the Bears from doing much of anything at all. They were so impressive that they won the game despite Rodgers and the offense only moving the ball for just over 200 total yards. Just when Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears were driving with two minutes left and a shot to tie the game, the Packers rose up once more to deny them with an interception. Of course, the pick came courtesy of former Bear Adrian Amos, further rubbing salt in the eyes of the started Bears. They were so bad that the fans booed them off the field.
We now know who the two US Open Finalists will be on the women’s sides after Thursday in New York City. On one side will be Serena Williams, who largely dominated her opponent, Elina Svitolina. She did so by a score of 6-3, 6-1, and she will now look to win her 24th Grand Slam title, which would put her in a tie for the most all-time. On the other side will be 19 year-old Bianca Andreescu. The Canadian defeated Bianca Bencic 7-6, 7-5 to reach the Final in what is her debut at the tournament. Only Venus Williams had gone that far before in her first time at the US Open, so she will look to do one better by pulling off a major upset.
Whenever you turn into the home stretch in September, you are going to have opportunities to either catch up or pull far away from the chasing pack due to playing divisional rivals often. That’s the chance both the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals had on Thursday as they started a four-game series. The Braves, however, didn’t let their foot off the gas, winning their seventh consecutive game to run their NL East lead all the way up to eight games. There are three games to go in the series and it’s not over yet, but the Braves are inching closer to sealing it up if they can keep their feet on the gas. The 4-2 home win was keyed by Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna, Jr. scoring twice each and the latter hitting what was his 37th home run of the season. Max Fried got his 16th win of the season (16-4) by tossing seven scoreless innings.