Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) vs. San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
- Game Time: 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, Sep. 15th
- Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati Ohio
- TV Channel: The game will air on FOX. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WXIX-TV (Ch. 19) in Cincinnati, WGRT-TV (Ch. 45) in Dayton, WDKY-TV (Ch. 56) in Lexington, and WTTE-TV (Ch. 28) in Columbus.
- Announcers: Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (analyst) and Shannon Spake (sideline reporter).
- Radio: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). WLW-AM (700) joins the flagship stations in broadcasting the Bengals game initially, but will break away to broadcast the Cincinnati Reds game (at approximately 3:30 p.m. Eastern).
- Live Online Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
- SB Nation 49ers site: Niners Nation
- Weather: Mid 80’s, slightly cloudy [NFL weather]
- Odds: The 49ers are 2.5-point favorites [Odds Shark]
- Replays: Check local listings on NFL Network or NFL Game Pass
- Rosters: Bengals | 49ers
- Depth Charts: Bengals | 49ers
Cincinnati gets to continue their tour of the NFC West with a game against the 49ers this week. Last week quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver John Ross both enjoyed career days as the Bengals threw the ball over 50 times.
Hopefully, Cincinnati is able to finally get the running game going this week after it struggled to get off the ground, even before Joe Mixon left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. It appears that the Bengals are optimistic Mixon will be able to play this week though. If he can’t go, expect plenty of Giovani Bernard, who filled in quite nicely last week in Mixon’s absence.
As for the 49ers, they haven’t been so lucky in the running back department. They are going to be without Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman. They are luckily extremely deep at running back and still have Matt Bredia and Raheem Mostert.
The guy to watch for the 49ers is tight end George Kittle. He already had a great game in Week 1, but when you consider he had two touchdowns called back by offensive penalties, it gives you an idea of how much this team leans on him.
Still, it was the 49ers’ defense in Week 1 that sealed the victory. They ran back two interceptions for touchdowns, and they did a great job of confusing the Buccaneers’ offense all game long. They also did a great job of rushing the passer, which could be a problem for the Bengals, especially if Cordy Glenn remains out at left tackle.
Can the Bengals defend their home turf in Week 2, or will the Bengals fall to 0-2 to start the season?