49ers at Bengals How to Watch: TV, NFL Live Stream, Odds, Prediction as Joe Burrow takes on Nick Bosa
It’s not a revenge for their 1980s Super Bowl, but the Bengals and 49ers faceoff on Sunday is certainly not without significant ramifications. The winner of Sunday’s game will increase their chances of qualifying for the winnings, while the loser will lose valuable ground in their respective playoff run.
At 7-5, the Bengals are currently the sixth seed in the AFC standings. The 49ers retain their seventh and final place in the NFC playoff bracket with five weeks left in the regular season. Both teams are looking to get back on track after disappointing Week 13 losses. The Bengals lost a 41-22 decision at home to the Chargers, while the 49ers fell to 0.500 after the 30-23 loss. against the Seahawks last Sunday.
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 December 12 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Site: Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)
TV: CBS | Flux: Paramount + (click here)
To follow: CBS Sports app
Chances: 49ers -1.5, 49
When the Bengals have the ball
For the first time since training against each other at Ohio State, Joe Burrow and Nick Bosa will face off on the grill. Burrow is looking to bounce back from his two-steal performance against the Chargers, while Bosa will surely be hoping to add to his current tally of 12 sacks in Sunday’s game. The Bengals will be hoping receiver Tee Higgins (ankle) and running back Joe Mixon (illness) can play after both players were listed as questionable in the Bengals’ final injury report. The 49ers will be without starting linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who suffers from a groin injury.
If Higgins and / or Mixon can’t play, Burrow will further relay receivers Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, tight end CJ Uzomah and running back Samaje Perine to move the ball against the 49ers defense. While they’re 20th in the NFL in scoring, San Francisco has one of the strongest passing defenses in the NFL, led by Emmanuel Moseley, Jimmy Ward, K’Waun Williams and Josh Norman. It is imperative that the Bengals are able to throw the ball against the 49ers, who are 18th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and 21st in yards per carry allowed.
Why the 49ers have the ball
The big question is whether or not Deebo Samuel will be able to dress up after being listed as questionable for the game. Samuel was able to train on a limited basis on Friday after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, which is a good sign for the 49ers. The 49ers will be without running back Elijah Mitchell, which means Jeff Wilson Jr. will receive most of the races on Sunday.
The 49ers will surely look to attack the Bengals’ midfield defense, as Cincinnati will be missing inside linebacker Logan Wilson. While the 49ers will likely find some resistance on the ground against the formidable Bengals run defense, they should be able to throw the ball against a secondary that allowed for the sixth most passing yards in the NFL. Jimmy Garoppolo will have to be wary of being too cavalier when testing the Bengals’ high school, however, as Cincinnati is tied for 13th in the NFL in interceptions.
Cincinnati Bengals +2
In a match between ultimately paired teams, whoever wins the turnover battle is likely to be the winning team. While Burrow is probably a smarter passer than his counterpart, his penchant for interceptions gives the 49ers a slight advantage in a game between two hopeful teams in the playoffs. The Bengals’ injury issues in skill positions are also a reason to go with the slightly favored 49ers.
Goal: 49ers 27, Bengals 21