The season is finally getting started, well sort of. The first week of the preseason is here, which means casual fans will rejoice for exactly half an hour until they remember how little the starters will actually play in this game. For the more diehard fans though, this is a chance to see some of the names we could be talking more about in a few years.
There will be plenty of young players seeing playing time who likely won’t see the field once September rolls around, so you better cherish that now. If you watch, you will also be seeing dozens of players fighting for their spot on the roster as the Bengals will need to make considerable cuts before Week 1.
Here is everything you need to know for the Bengals first preseason game.
Game: Chicago Bears (0-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-0)
Date/Time: Aug. 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Cincinnati, 6-5 (regular season)
Streak: Bears have won the past two meetings and three of the last five
Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: 2-2. Matt Nagy: 0-0
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on the Bengals Preseason Network with Mike Watts (play-by-play), Anthony Munoz (analyst) and Mike Valpredo (sideline reporter). The network is led by flagship WKRC-TV (CBS Channel 12) in Cincinnati. Also on the network are WKEF-TV (ABC Ch. 22) in Dayton, WSYX-TV (ABC Ch. 6) in Columbus, WLIO-TV (FOX Ch. 8.2) in Lima, WDKY-TV FOX Ch. 56) in Lexington, Ky. and WDRB-TV (FOX Ch. 41) in Louisville, Ky.
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports), WLW-AM (700) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). Wayne Box Miller hosts the pregame and postgame shows.
SB Nation Bears site: Windy City Gridiron
Weather: Mid 80’s, partly cloudy [NFL weather]
Odds: Bengals, -2.0 [Odds Shark]
- Bengals wide receiver Ka’Raun White and Bears wide receiver Kevin White are brothers
- Bengals safety Clayton Fejedelem is from Lemont, Illinois (Lemont High School), and played collegiality at both St. Xavier University (2011-12) and the University of Illinois (‘14-15)
- Bears punter Pat O’Donnell played at the University of Cincinnati from 2009-12
- Bengals quarterbacl Matt Barkley was with the Bears in 2016
- Bengals wide receiver Kermit Whitfield entered the NFL as a college free agent of Chicago in 2017
Bengals vs Bears history
|12/10/2017||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears||H||Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH)||L 33-7||--|
|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||--|
Let’s start the Bengals vs. Bears conversation here!