The first place Chicago Bears host the first place Cincinnati Bengals this week in a battle between two young and exciting quarterbacks!
While there is some truth in the above sentence, we all know the Bears are sitting at 0-1 with the rest of the sad sack NFC North, and Chicago’s young and exciting quarterback will be lucky to play a dozen snaps.
The Bengals drafted Joe Burrow first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, and shortly thereafter they cut ties with their starting quarterback, Andy Dalton, who had been there the previous nine years (and 133 starts).
The Bears signed Dalton this spring, then drafted Justin Fields in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and at some point this season the Bears are going to name Fields their starter (fingers crossed). But in the meantime Dalton will try to do what he can to show the other 31 teams that he’s worthy of a roster spot in 2022.
The Bears are sticking to their plan — clearly not the Chiefs/Mahomes plan that so many people fell for — and with each week that passes I would expect Fields’ snaps to increase, until he’s eventually named the QB1. I’m staying with my week 5 prediction, but I could certainly see it happening sooner, especially if Dalton doesn’t lead the Bears to a win on Sunday.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Bears vs Bengals week 2 matchup.
When is the game?
Sunday, September 19 at 12:00 p.m. CT
Where is the game?
Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Some clouds with a mix of sunshine, a high of 82F and winds from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph. (link)
How to watch
The game will be on FOX with Kevin Kugler and (former Bear) Mark Sanchez on the call, and if you live in the yellow of this 506sports.com map, then you’ll get the Bears!
WCG’s Bears vs Bengals Game Previews!
- Sam Householder has our Bears vs Bengals preview right here.
- The WCG staff makes their NFL week 2 picks, including Bears vs Bengals here.
- We gave our keys for the Bears to beat the Bengals right here.
- Patti Curl asked Cincy Jungle 5 questions about the Bengals here.
- And Cincy Jungle asked Patti 5 questions about the Bears here.
- The final Bears vs Bengals injury report can be found here.
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How to listen
Traditional radio is found at WBBM 780 AM and 105.9 FM (Chicago) with Jeff Joniak on the play-by-play, former Bears guard Tom Thayer as the analyst, and Mark Grote as the sideline reporter, and also on TUDN 1200 AM and Latino Mix 93.5 FM with Omar Ramos on the play-by-play and Miguel Esparza as the analyst.
Bears vs Bengals will be available on SiriusXM Channels 225 and 805. (link)
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