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.

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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

WeekDateOpponentKickoff time TV
1Sept. 12vs. Browns4:25 p.m. ETCBS
2Sept. 19at Ravens8:20 p.m. ETNBC
3Sept. 26vs. Chargers1 p.m. ETCBS
4Oct. 3at Eagles1 p.m. ETCBS
5Oct. 10vs. Bills8:20 p.m. ETNBC
6Oct. 17at Washington1 p.m. ETCBS
7Oct. 24at Titans1 p.m. ETCBS
8Nov. 1vs. Giants8:15 p.m. ETESPN
9Nov. 7vs. Packers4:25 p.m. ETFox
10Nov. 14at Raiders8:20 p.m. ETNBC
11Nov. 21vs. Cowboys4:25 p.m. ETFox
13Dec. 5vs. Broncos1 p.m. ETCBS
14Dec. 12vs. Raiders1 p.m. ETCBS
15Dec. 16at Chargers8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLN/Amazon
16Dec. 26vs. Steelers4:25 p.m. ETCBS
17Jan. 2at Bengals1 p.m. ETCBS
18Jan. 9at Broncos4:25 p.m. ETCBS

Cincinnati Bengals schedule 2021

WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV
1Sept. 12vs. Vikings1 p.m. ETFox
2Sept. 19at Bears1 p.m. ETFox
3Sept. 26at Steelers1 p.m. ETCBS
4Sept. 30vs. Jaguars8:20 p.m. ETFox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video
5Oct. 10vs. Packers1 p.m. ETFox
6Oct. 17at Lions1 p.m. ETFox
7Oct. 24at Ravens1 p.m. ETCBS
8Oct. 31at Jets1 p.m. ETCBS
9Nov. 7vs. Browns1 p.m. ETCBS
10Nov. 14BYE———————
11Nov. 21at Raiders4:05 p.m. ETCBS
12Nov. 28vs. Steelers1 p.m. ETCBS
13Dec. 5vs. Chargers1 p.m. ETFox
14Dec. 12vs. 49ers1 p.m. ETCBS
15Dec. 19at Broncos4:05 p.m. ETCBS
16Dec. 26vs. Ravens1 p.m. ETCBS
17Jan. 2vs. Chiefs1 p.m. ETCBS
18Jan. 9at Browns1 p.m. ETCBS