It’s Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season, and the Chicago Bears have their sights set on getting their first win of the year.
The Bears will play their first home game at Soldier Field this season on Sunday against Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals, and they’ll do so with the stadium full of fans for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, Dalton has taken over Trubisky’s job with the Bears. During the season-opening 34-14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Dalton played okay, completing 27 of 38 passes for 206 yards with one interception. But after a few years of offensive production falling short, the Bears are looking for a QB who is better than just okay. While Dalton’s Week 1 performance won’t knock him from the starting position yet, Bears fans are eager to see rookie Justin Fields, who saw limited snaps against the Rams, as QB1.
The Bengals, on the other hand, started their 2021 season off strong with a win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. Burrow, in his first game back since tearing his ACL last season, went 20-for-27 for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Based on how Chicago’s defense performed against the Rams, “the Bengals are going to be a tough test at Soldier Field,” according to Bears insider Adam Hoge.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of the Bears’ first home game of the 2021 season:
Where and when do the Chicago Bears play in Week 2?
The Bengals-Bears Week 2 matchup will be played on Sunday, Sept. 19.
Kickoff at Soldier Field in Chicago is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT.
Which channel will the Bengals-Bears game be on?
The Bears’ Week 2 game against the Bengals will air on FOX. Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez and Laura Okmin will be calling the game.
If you can’t catch the matchup on TV, Bengals-Bears will be aired nationally on Sports USA Radio, starting at 11:30 a.m. CT.
How can I watch the Bears game online?
Immediately after the game will be NBC Sports Chicago’s Football Aftershow. Former Bears players Olin Kreutz, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown will join host David Kaplan and bring their expert opinions to the show to break down the Week 2 matchup.
We will also go inside the locker room to hear from head coach Matt Nagy and all the key players from the game. Watch the show live here and in the MyTeams app.
Who is favored to win the Bengals-Bears matchup?
The Bears are favored to take a win over the Bengals by two points, according to our partner, PointsBet.
Moneyline: Bears -136, Bengals +115
You can check out the game’s full betting preview here.
What is the weather going to be like for the Bears’ Week 2 game?
It’s still summer at Soldier Field! The weather in Chicago on Sunday is predicted to be partly cloudy with a high of 82 degrees and 62% humidity.
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