Tonight’s “Sunday Night Football” game is a big one for the NFL playoff picture, but only because Kansas City is the team Chicago is hosting. In a game scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC, the Chiefs will look to boost their seeding for the postseason against a Bears team that’s already eliminated from playoff contention.
Kansas City, which is the AFC West champion for the fourth consecutive season, still has a slim chance to reach the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. It entered Week 16 in the No. 3 seed behind Baltimore and New England.
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The Chiefs and Bears have not played in Chicago since 2011, and this is their first meeting since 2015. Chicago leads the all-time series 7-5 and has won two of its last three games against Kansas City, but the Chiefs this time are six-point road favorites.
Below is all the info you need to watch Chiefs vs. Bears on Sunday night, including the TV channels and kickoff time for the Week 16 game.
Who plays on Sunday Night Football tonight?
Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears
Kickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ET
In both our Week 16 NFL picks against the spread and our straight-up predictions, Sporting News is projecting a Chiefs victory over the Bears. Below are the explanations.
Pick against the spread: The Chiefs have their division wrapped up, and now they have a chance to remind everyone they are a serious threat to win the Super Bowl. Patrick Mahomes looks fully healthy, and even though the big points aren’t there, they don’t need them with the defense and special teams playing so well. Style points aren’t needed against former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy and the Bears, who again will be cruelly reminded that Mahomes was drafted after Mitchell Trubisky. Pick: Chiefs win 24-20 but fail to cover the spread.
Straight-up prediction: This game stuck as the “Sunday Night Football” feature for Week 16 despite the Bears being eliminated from the playoffs, and we can thank the Patrick Mahomes ratings factor. Now coupled with a legit defense, Kansas City’s offense is rolling again just in time for a playoff push. To be in a better seeding position for that run, the Chiefs will be motivated to take care of the Bears. Chicago’s still-solid defense doesn’t have enough answers for Mahomes and Co. Pick: Chiefs 27, Bears 17.
MORE: NFL TV coverage map for Week 16
What channel is Sunday Night Football on?
TV channel (national): NBC
TV channel (Kansas City): KSHB
TV channel (Chicago): WMAQ
Live stream: fuboTV
As is the case for all “Sunday Night Football” games on NBC this season, Al Michaels will call the Chiefs vs. Bears play-by-play action, and Cris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines, and NFL rules analyst Terry McAulay will explain penalties and other officiating rulings throughout the game.
For those who can’t watch Chiefs vs. Bears on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the Kansas City call can be heard on Sirius channel 81 and XM channel 225, and the Chicago call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 226.
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Sunday Night Football TV schedule 2019
All “Sunday Night Football” games start at 8:20 p.m. ET.
|Week 1||Sept. 5 (Thur.)||Packers at Bears|
|Sept. 8||Steelers at Patriots|
|Week 2||Sept. 15||Eagles at Falcons|
|Week 3||Sept. 22||Rams at Browns|
|Week 4||Sept. 29||Cowboys at Saints|
|Week 5||Oct. 6||Colts at Chiefs|
|Week 6||Oct. 13||Steelers at Chargers|
|Week 7||Oct. 20||Eagles at Cowboys|
|Week 8||Oct. 27||Packers at Chiefs|
|Week 9||Nov. 3||Patriots at Ravens|
|Week 10||Nov. 10||Vikings at Cowboys|
|Week 11||Nov. 17||Bears at Rams|
|Week 12||Nov. 24||Packers at 49ers|
|Week 13||Dec. 1||Patriots at Texans|
|Week 14||Dec. 8||Seahawks at Rams|
|Week 15||Dec. 15||Bills at Steelers|
|Week 16||Dec. 22||Chiefs at Bears|
|Week 17||Dec. 29||TBD|
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