The Bengals remain at home to lick their wounds after a disappointing loss to the Steelers. They may have a chance at a get right game against the Bears, but this Chicago team isn’t as bad as their record seems.
The Bears are a throwback team. They run the ball early and often, and their defense is very good. They have been starting the second overall pick, Mitch Trubisky, at quarterback, but with no receivers to speak of, he has struggled to really put up any decent games.
The Bengals have players like Dre Kirkpatrick, Joe Mixon and Vontaze Burfict in concussion protocol. Depending on how injuries shake out this week, the Bengals could be extremely shorthanded, especially on defense.
Everything you need to know for when the Bengals take on the Steelers:
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (5-7) vs Chicago Bears (3-9)
Date/Time: Sunday, December 10th, 2017 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Series Leader: Bengals lead all-time series 6-4
Streak: Bengals have wone two of the last three games
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (2-1), John Fox (3-3)
TV Broadcast: FOX broadcast with Sam Rosen (play-by-play), Brady Quinn (analyst) and Jenny Taft (sideline reporter). The game will air in Cincinnati on WXIX-TV (Channel 19). Additional regional FOX affiliates include WGRT-TV (Ch. 45) in Dayton, WTTE-TV (Ch. 28) in Columbus, WLIO-TV (Ch. 8.2) in Lima, WDKY-TV (Ch. 56) in Lexington, Ky. and WDRB-TV (Ch. 41) in Louisville, Ky
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by a “triple-cast” on Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Bears SB Nation Website: Windy City Gridiron
Weather: High 20’s; Clear [NFL Weather]
Odds: The Bengals open as a 7-point favorite [Vegas Insider]
Uniforms: Black jersey with black pants; the Bengals are 16-11-1 in that combination since 2004.
- Andy Dalton had two touchdown passes and no interceptions and a 96.3 passer rating in Week 13. He has 11 touchdowns, no interceptions and 103.1 passer rating in his past six games. Dalton completed 26 of 33 (78.8 percent) for 282 yards with two touchdowns for a 97.2 passer rating in his only career meeting with Chicago. He aims for his third in row against an NFC team with over two touchdown passes and a passer rating over 120.
- Joe Mixon has a rushing touchdown in three of his past five games. He ranks fifth among NFL rookies with 784 scrimmage yards.
- Giovani Bernard had 96 scrimmage yards (77 rushing and 19 receiving) in Week 13. He has a touchdown in two of the past three against the NFC. In his past seven games at home against NFC opponents, Bernard has 726 scrimmage yards (103.7 per game) and four rushing touchdowns.
- A.J. Green had two touchdown catches last week, his sixth career multi-touchdown game. He is tied for fourth in the NFL with eight touchdown catches. He had nine catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns in his only career meeting with the Bears. In the past three against the NFC, Green has 26 catches (8.7 per game) with 300 receiving yards (100 per game) and two touchdowns. He has four touchdowns in the past four at home.
- Brandon LaFell has 212 receiving yards (106 per game) with touchdowns in the past two games against Chicago.
- Tyler Kroft has a touchdown catch in two of past three games.
- Geno Atkins has 7.5 sacks and eight tackles for a loss in the past eight at home. He has 11 tackles for a loss and seven sacks in the past nine against the NFC.
- Carlos Dunlap had a sack in Week 13. He has 3.5 sacks in past three. In the past two against the NFC, Dunlap has 1.5 sacks and four passes defended. He has 62.5 sacks, most in franchise history.
- Darqueze Dennard is the only corner with over 60 tackles (66) and two sacks.
- Carl Lawson leads all rookies with 7.5 sacks.
- Mitchell Trubisky completed 12 of 15 (80 percent) for career-high 117.2 passer rating in Week 13.
- Jordan Howard has 275 rush yards (91.7 per game) in the past three on the road. In two career road games vs. AFC teams, he has 339 scrimmage yards (169.5 per game) and a touchdown catch. He aims for his third in row against the AFC with over 100 rushing yards. He has over 100 scrimmage yards in four of five career games against the AFC.
- Tarik Cohen had 61-yard punt return last week. He is the first player since Terry Metcalf (1975) and first rookie since Gale Sayers (1965) with a punt return for a touchdown, a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown and a touchdown pass in a single season. He is tied for third among rookie running backs with 39 catches.
- Dontrelle Inman had a touchdown catch last week, his first with Chicago. Kendall Wright leads team with 370 receiving yards.
- Akiem Hicks has a sack in two of the past three on the road. He aims for his third in row on the road vs the AFC with sack.
- Christian Jones leads team with 82 tackles. He tied a career-high with 13 tackles and had a sack last week. He has 26 tackles and two sacks in the past three. Danny Trevathon aims for his third in a row with over 11 tackles. He has 16 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in his past two vs the AFC. In two career games against Cincinnati, he has 18 tackles and a sack.
- Kyle Fuller is tied for third in the NFC with 13 passes defended. He had an interception in Week 13. He has 17 tackles and 6 passes defended in his past three vs the AFC.
- Lamarr Houston had a sack last week. He has four sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery in his past six game vs the AFC.
- Prince Amukamara set a career-high with 10 tackles in his only game vs the Bengals (11/11/12 with the Giants).
Bengals vs Browns history
|9/8/2013||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears||A||Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)||L 24-21||62,213|
|10/25/2009||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears||H||Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH)||W 45-10||64,900|
|09/25/2005||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears||A||Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)||W 24-7||62,045|
|10/21/2001||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears||H||Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH)||L 24-0||63,408|
|12/10/1995||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears||H||Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH)||W 16-10||--|
|11/8/1992||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears||A||Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)||W 31-28, OT||--|
|9/10/1989||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears||A||Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)||L 17-14||--|
|9/28/1986||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears||H||Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH)||L 44-7||--|
|12/14/1980||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears||A||Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)||W 17-14, OT||--|
|11/26/1972||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears||A||Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)||W 13-3||--|