In a pivotal AFC showdown, the Cincinnati Bengals will host the Kansas City Chiefs in a Week 17 matchup. Given where both teams started this season, it was fully expected for this game to have big implications for the Chiefs. But the fact that the Bengals are playing in such a key game this late in the season is a testament to their improvement.
Cincinnati is coming off of a huge win against the Baltimore Ravens, a 41-21 rout that saw Joe Burrow throw for 525 yards and four touchdowns. The win gave the Bengals a division lead, and it further cemented how diverse a cast Burrow has to throw to. Three receivers went for 80-plus yards, with Tee Higgins leading the pack with 12 catches for 194 yards. Should the Bengals win this game, they’ll be in the driver’s seat for the AFC North, with an outside shot of further improving upon their current No. 3 seed in the AFC.
To do all of that, however, the Bengals have to get through the hottest team in football. Above all else, the Chiefs look complete right now, turning in strong performances from their offense and defense from week to week. They dominated the Steelers last week in a 36-10 win where Patrick Mahomes threw for an easy 258 yards and three touchdowns. That’s now eight straight wins for the Chiefs, the longest streak in the NFL.
The Chiefs are, naturally, favored in this one, but the spread is a bit surprising. The Bengals are home dogs at +5.5. Home field advantage hasn’t been overly favorable to them this season, as they’re 4-4, but it’s still a relatively large differential for a team playing as well as the Bengals have been. The Chiefs are 4-2 on the road this year, which is just as much a product of them being a well put-together team as it is of them playing well away from Arrowhead. Travis Kelce should also be returning for the Chiefs, and the NFL’s new COVID protocols will help with their situation after the outbreak before last week’s game.
Here’s what you need to know to watch Chiefs vs. Bengals this Sunday, including kickoff time, TV channels, and the full Week 17 NFL schedule.
What channel is Chiefs vs. Bengals on today?
- TV channel (national): CBS
- TV channel (Kansas City): KCTV
- TV channel (Cincinnati): WKRC
- Live Stream: Paramount +, fuboTV
Chiefs vs. Bengals will be broadcast regionally on local CBS affiliate channels. Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will be on the call for this early game, while Tracy Wolfson handles sideline reporting duties. Gene Steratore will provide CBS’ rules analysis during both blocks.
You can find the Chiefs’ away broadcast on SiriusXM channel 380, while the Bengals’ home broadcast airs on channel 227.
In Canada, viewers can watch Chiefs vs. Bengals with a subscription to DAZN, which includes every NFL game.
Chiefs vs. Bengals start time
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 2
- Kickoff: 1 p.m. EST, 12 p.m. CST
Chiefs vs. Bengals is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. This game will be the single spot CBS game for anyone without an early market local game.
Kansas City Chiefs schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Browns||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||at Ravens||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Chargers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 3||at Eagles||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Bills||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|6||Oct. 17||at Washington||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 24||at Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Nov. 1||vs. Giants||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|9||Nov. 7||vs. Packers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|10||Nov. 14||at Raiders||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|11||Nov. 21||vs. Cowboys||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Broncos||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Raiders||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|15||Dec. 16||at Chargers||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|16||Dec. 26||vs. Steelers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||at Bengals||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||at Broncos||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
Cincinnati Bengals schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Vikings||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|2||Sept. 19||at Bears||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|3||Sept. 26||at Steelers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Sept. 30||vs. Jaguars||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Packers||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|6||Oct. 17||at Lions||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|7||Oct. 24||at Ravens||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Oct. 31||at Jets||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|9||Nov. 7||vs. Browns||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|11||Nov. 21||at Raiders||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|12||Nov. 28||vs. Steelers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Chargers||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. 49ers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|15||Dec. 19||at Broncos||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|16||Dec. 26||vs. Ravens||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Chiefs||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||at Browns||1 p.m. ET||CBS|