To call this a Cinderella Season for the Cincinnati Bengals would be an understatement of what they have done. Going 10-6, they secured a playoff spot in Joe Burrow’s sophomore year. They are a team expected to be good week after week after having very low expectations going into the season, and they have an outside chance to win the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
On Sunday, the Bengals play the Browns, who turned into pumpkins after beating the Steelers in the playoffs last year before losing in the Divisional Round. They are 7-9 heading into the final week of the year, and the rumors are stirring faster than the Browns can keep up. Between COVID protocols and injuries, the Browns have battled many outside forces, but unsubstantiated speculation when expectations are not met is the price of success in the NFL.
This game is a bit of a correct game for the Bengals, who were eliminated 41-16 by the Browns in November. They are 5-2 since then and are coming off a big 34-31 win over the Chiefs. Joe Burrow edged out Patrick Mahomes, throwing for 446 yards and four touchdowns for his second straight performance. It’s the kind of performance the Bengals need to win a playoff game, something they haven’t done since the 1990 Wild Card Game.
Meanwhile, the Browns just need to take stock. There’s a lot to work out this offseason, and one of the victims of the aforementioned rumors is quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has struggled this year, and until the Browns make it clear they will stick with him, his name is likely to continue to appear in trade negotiations. Sunday will give him a chance to redeem himself from a brutal Monday night performance against the Steelers in which he was clearly injured. A good game could stifle some of the talk before the offseason.
Here’s what you need to know to watch Bengals vs. Browns this Sunday, including start time, TV channels and the full schedule for week 18 of the NFL.
What channel are Bengals vs. Browns today?
- Television channel (national): Fox
- Television channel (Cincinnati): WXIX
- Television channel (Cleveland): WJW
- Live broadcast: fox sports go, fuboTV
Bengals vs. Browns will air regionally on local Fox affiliate channels in week 18. Fox will have Kenny Albert and Jonathan Vilma directing this game, along with Lindsay Czarniak on the sidelines. Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino will provide rules analysis for Fox.
You can find the Bengals ‘away-from-home broadcast on SiriusXM channel 383, while the Browns’ home broadcast airs on channel 228.
In Canada, viewers can watch Bengals vs. Browns with a subscription to DAZN, including all NFL games.
Bengals vs Browns start time
- Date: Sunday, January 9
- Kick off: 13:00 EST
Bengals vs. Browns is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Local markets, Kansas City and the Northeast United States will get this game at Fox’s early spot.
2021 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule
|one||September 12||against vikings||1 pm ET||Fox|
|two||September 19th||in the bears||1 pm ET||Fox|
|3||September 26||in the steelworkers||1 pm ET||CBS|
|4||September 30th||against jaguars||8:20 pm ET||Fox, Red NFL, Amazon Prime Video|
|5||October 10th||against packers||1 pm ET||Fox|
|6||October the 17th||in lions||1 pm ET||Fox|
|7||October 24th||in the crows||1 pm ET||CBS|
|8||31 October||in Jets||1 pm ET||CBS|
|9||November 7||against browns||1 pm ET||CBS|
|eleven||November 21||in the assailants||4:05 pm ET||CBS|
|12||November 28||against the steelers||1 pm ET||CBS|
|13||December 5th||against chargers||1 pm ET||Fox|
|14||December 12th||against the 49ers||1 pm ET||CBS|
|fifteen||Decembre 19th||in the broncos||4:05 pm ET||CBS|
|sixteen||December 26||against crows||1 pm ET||CBS|
|17||January 2||against bosses||1 pm ET||CBS|
|18||January 9th||in browns||1 pm ET||CBS|
2021 Cleveland Browns Schedule
|one||September 12||in bosses||4:25 PM Eastern Time||CBS|
|two||September 19th||against jeans||1 pm ET||CBS|
|3||September 26||against bears||1 pm ET||Fox|
|4||October 3||in vikings||1 pm ET||CBS|
|5||October 10th||in chargers||4:05 pm ET||CBS|
|6||October the 17th||against cardinals||4:05 pm ET||Fox|
|7||October 21||against broncos||8:20 pm ET||Fox, Red NFL, Amazon Prime Video|
|8||31 October||against the steelers||1 pm ET||CBS|
|9||November 7||in flares||1 pm ET||CBS|
|10||November 14th||in patriots||1 pm ET||CBS|
|eleven||November 21||against lions||1 pm ET||Fox|
|12||November 28||in the crows||8:20 pm ET||NBC|
|14||December 12th||against crows||1 pm ET||CBS|
|fifteen||Dec. 18||against assailants||4:30 pm ET||NFL Network|
|sixteen||December 25th||in packers||4:30 pm ET||Fox, Red NFL, Amazon Prime Video|
|17||January 3||in the steelworkers||8:15 pm ET||ESPN|
|18||January 9th||against bengalis||1 pm ET||CBS|