The Cincinnati Bengals will be facing the Chicago Bears on Sunday, and their last thread of hope for the playoffs hang in the balance.
The Bears have nothing left to play for at (3-9) other than pride and officially ending the Bengals season.
The Bengals could be very short-handed on Sunday if players like Joe Mixon, Vontaze Burfict and Dre Kirkpatrick don’t progress through concussion protocol.
Also, Adam Jones and Darqueze Dennard didn’t practice on Wednesday either. Shawn Williams also hasn’t returned to practice either. Luckily, the Bengals secondary will have George Iloka who had his suspension reduced to a fine.
The Bears likely won’t be able to take advantage of the Bengals’ thin secondary with Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback. Not that he is bad, but the Bears have no weapons at receiver. Kendall Wright is currently their leading receiver with 33 catches for 370 yards.
What the Bengals need to be more concerned with is the two-headed monster at running back for the Bears. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen have combined to be the majority of the Bears offense. This is a team that loves to run the ball early and often. The Bengals’ linebackers will be busy all day long chasing these guys down.
The Bears have a decent defense, but the Bengals shouldn’t take this team lightly in a must-win scenario, though. That is how upsets happen.
In all actuality, this game will probably have more of an impact on the draft order than playoff standings. The Bengals need so much help right now it is ridiculous.
How to watch the Bengals host the Bears:
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 won 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).
Online Streaming: Watch the live stream on the NFL's mobile app. International viewers can use NFL Game Pass.
Bears SB Nation Website: Windy City Gridiron
Weather: High 20’s; Clear [NFL Weather]
Odds: The Bengals opened as 7-point favorites [Vegas Insider]
Uniforms: Black jersey with black pants; the Bengals are 16-11-1 in that combination since 2004.
TV Map: Via 506sports.com