- Game Time: 1 pm ET
- Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
- 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: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Mark Sanchez (analyst) and Laura Okmin (reporter).
- Replay: You’ll need NFL Game Pass to catch a guaranteed replay of the game, though the NFL Network may have it if it’s a memorable game, so check local listings for that channel.
- Online Stream: FOX Sports or use a free trial of fuboTV to watch the game.
- Radio Broadcast: 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: Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham.
- SB Nation the Bears’ site: Windy City Gridiron.
- Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-0). Matt Nagy (1-0).
- Rosters: Bengals | Bears
- Weather: Mid-80’s, clear but humid [NFL weather]
- Odds: Bears -2.5 [Odds Shark]
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This will be the first time that Joe Burrow gets to face former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton since he was injured for the Dallas Cowboys game last year. A game of old vs. new that is sure to have every fans’ in Cincinnati’s attention.
It will be interesting to see how these young Bengals play after a very close game that resulted in a last second kick for the win in overtime. What is nice is there is plenty of room to improve from the offense.
The running game seemed very consistent as Joe Mixon went over 100 yards rushing, and they were able to grind some clock when necessary. However, the offensive line still gave up five sacks and Burrow was pressured far more than that. This offense is clearly better when Burrow is given the freedom to take five-step drop backs. It is hard to do that if he is going to get hit so often, though.
The defense did a great job of containing a pretty high-powered skill unit. If it weren’t for a drive where cornerback Eli Apple had several bad plays that resulted in the Vikings getting their first points and a failure to convert on fourth down that gave Minnesota the ball at Cincinnati’s 30, then the game probably doesn’t go into overtime.
Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi looked dominant in the middle behind D.J. Reader in his return to the field. However, it was B.J. Hill — who recently came over in a trade with the Giants — who had two sacks on the day. Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie also looked like a solid addition to the secondary that already has an incredible safety duo in Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell.
Can this defense holdup again long enough for Burrow to get the offense off the ground?