The Cincinnati Bengals will play in one of biggest regular season games in franchise history when they host the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday in the Queen City. With a win, Cincinnati (9-6) will clinch its first AFC North title and playoff berth since 2015.
To do that, the Bengals will have to defeat a Kansas City team that has won eight consecutive games after a 3-4 start. The Chiefs locked up their sixth consecutive AFC West division crown last Sunday, but they will have to keep winning to increase their odds at earning the AFC’s only playoff bye. Sunday’s game is the first matchup between quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow. Mahomes was recently selected to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl, while Burrow responded to his Pro Bowl snub by throwing for 525 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s win over the Ravens.
We’ll preview the game along with giving our prediction for Sunday’s outcome. Here’s how you can follow the action in real time.
How to watch
Date: Sunday, Jan. 2 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)
TV: CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Chiefs -5, 51
When the Chiefs have the ball
Kansas City’s offense continues to run through the trio of Mahomes, receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce was recently activated off of the reserve/COVID-19 list after he was forced to miss last week’s win over Pittsburgh. The Chiefs will likely be without running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who exited last week’s game with a shoulder injury. Kansas City will likely split its carries between Darrell Williams and Derrick Gore, who combined to tally 97 rushing yards and 91 receiving yards against the Steelers.
The Bengals may have linebacker Logan Wilson back in the lineup after he missed the team’s last three games with a shoulder injury. Despite missing the last three games, Wilson has 92…