Chiefs at Bengals how to watch: TV, live stream, odds, prediction as Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow duel

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The Cincinnati Bengals will play in one of the biggest regular season games in franchise history when they host the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday in Queen City. With a win, Cincinnati (9-6) will claim their first AFC North title and their first playoff spot since 2015.

To do so, the Bengals will need to defeat a Kansas City team that has won eight straight games after a 3-4 start. The Chiefs clinched their sixth straight AFC West Division crown last Sunday, but they’ll need to keep winning to increase their chances of securing the only pass to the AFC playoffs. Sunday’s game is the first quarterback clash between Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow. Mahomes was recently selected for his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl, while Burrow responded to his Pro Bowl snub by throwing 525 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s win over the Ravens.

We will give a preview of the game and give our predictions for Sunday’s result. Here’s how you can follow the action in real time.

How to watch

Dated: Sunday January 2 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Site: Paul-Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)
TV:
CBS | Flux: Paramount + (click here)
To follow: CBS Sports app
Chances: Heads -5, 51

When the Chiefs have the ball

Kansas City’s offense continues to run through Mahomes’ trio, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce was recently kicked off the reserve / COVID-19 list after being forced to miss last week’s victory over Pittsburgh. The Chiefs will likely be without running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who left last week’s game with a shoulder injury. Kansas City will likely split their runs between Darrell Williams and Derrick Gore, who totaled 97 rushing and 91 receiving yards against the Steelers.

The Bengals could have linebacker Logan Wilson back in the lineup after missing the team’s last three games with a shoulder injury. Despite missing the last three games, Wilson has recorded 92 tackles and four interceptions this season while being a stabilizing force in the middle of the Bengals defense. Cincinnati also have a formidable passing rush, led by Trey Hendrickson (14 sacks), Sam Hubbard (7.5 sacks) and Larry Ogunjobi (7 sacks). The Bengals are fourth in the NFL in run defense but 29th in passing yards allowed, which could lead to another big game for Mahomes if he manages to dodge Cincinnati’s pass.

When the Bengals have the ball

While he hasn’t cleared a 300-yard passer since Week 5, the Chiefs’ passing defense is 25th in the league in passing yards allowed. They are also only 20th in the NFL in running defense after allowing three of their last four opponents to run for at least 130 yards. Turnovers have been the Chiefs’ biggest strength in defense, as they have forced at least one turnaround in each of their last 10 games and 21 turnovers during their eight-game winning streak. The Kansas City defense forced three turnovers that led to 17 points in last Sunday’s resounding victory over Pittsburgh. The unit continues to be led by perennial pro Bowlers Chris Jones and Tyrann Mathieu. Rookie Nick Bolton became the Chiefs’ leading tackle with 102 saves in 14 games.

Kansas City’s offense will have its hands full against a loaded attack from the Bengals. Burrow has already racked up 4,169 yards and 30 touchdowns this season while throwing the ball to rookie phenomenon Ja’Marr Chase and fellow receivers Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. Burrow also has Pro Bowl running back Joe Mixon, who enters Sunday’s game with 1,159 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. A big key to the Bengals’ offense during the team’s two-game winning streak has been their ability to take better care of the ball. The Bengals have gone two games without committing a turnover after committing at least one in nine consecutive games. Turnovers and below average pass protection (Burrow has been sacked 47 times this season) are the Bengals’ biggest flaws in attack.

Prediction

Latest odds: Cincinnati Bengals +5

The Bengals’ front-seven will have their moments, but the Cincinnati high school will likely struggle to contain the Kansas City playmaker lineup, led by Hill and Kelce. And if they can apply steady pressure on Burrow while making a few turnovers, the Chiefs will be well on their way to securing their ninth straight victory while moving closer to the AFC’s No.1 seed.

Goal: Chefs 27, Bengals 24

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