This game just might be the most difficult to predict of the week. The 6-5 Chargers play the 7-4 Bengals, and both teams have seen a bit of Jekyll and a bit of Hyde all season. Will we see the Bengals who walloped the Steelers 41-10 to pull into the haves column of the AFC North just last week? Or will we see the Bengals who lost to the Jets and were beat up by the Browns in back to back weeks?
On the other side, will we get the Chargers who put up 41 on the Steelers? Or the team that was stymied by the Broncos last week to drop to 6-5, a game out of the AFC West behind the Chiefs? While Justin Herbert’s arm talent is beyond reproach, he had another multi-interception game last week, his third of the season. While he’s thrown for 300+ yards six times this season (the Chargers are 4-2 in those games), he’s proven to be prone to mistakes. Against the Bengals, who have 10 interceptions this season, those mistakes can be difficult to overcome.
The Chargers are also brutally porous against the run, sitting at 32nd in the league with 1,598 rushing yards — over 100 yards more than the 31st-ranked Texans. This is especially alarming, as Joe Mixon gashed the Steelers for 165 yards just last week. Joe Burrow’s efficiency complements the potent Cincinnati running game well, as the Bengals look to continue to breathe down the Ravens’ neck in the AFC North.
None of this is to say that hope is lost for the Chargers. The last time Herbert played a team from Ohio, he put up 398 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 47-42 win over the Browns. When Herbert is on, he can keep pace with any team in the league. However, he has found himself playing from behind often for the Chargers, as the defense continues to struggle.
Here’s what you need to know to watch Chargers vs. Bengals this Sunday, including kickoff time, TV channels, and the full Week 13 NFL schedule.
What channel is Chargers vs. Bengals on today?
- TV channel (national): CBS
- TV channel (Los Angeles): KCBS
- TV channel (Cincinnati): WKRC
- Live Stream: Paramount +, fuboTV
Chargers vs. Bengals will be broadcast regionally on local CBS affiliate channels in Week 13. Ian Eagle and Charles Davis will be on the call for CBS, with Evan Washburn handling sideline reporter. Gene Steratore will be providing rules analysis with the rest of the early CBS games.
You can find the Chargers’ away broadcast on SiriusXM channel 381, while the Bengals’ home broadcast airs on channel 227.
In Canada, viewers can watch Eagles vs. Jets on DAZN, which includes every NFL game as part of a 30-day free trial.
Chargers vs. Bengals start time
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 5
- Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT
Chargers vs. Bengals is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on Sunday. It’s the tentpole for CBS’ early coverage. Only those with local games on CBS will not get this one in the 1 p.m. window.
Chargers schedule 2021
|13||Dec. 5||@Bengals||1:00 p.m.||Fox|
|14||Dec. 12||Giants||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|15||Dec. 16||Chiefs||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|16||Dec. 26||@Texans||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||Broncos||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||@Raiders||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
Bengals schedule 2021
|Week||Date||Opponent||Time (ET)||TV Channel|
|13||Dec. 5||Chargers||1:00 p.m.||Fox|
|14||Dec. 12||49ers||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|15||Dec. 19||@Broncos||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|16||Dec. 26||Ravens||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||Chiefs||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||@Browns||1:00 p.m.||CBS|