It’s a matchup between a member of the old guard and one of the NFL’s fresh new faces at Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers take on rookie Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears. The Steelers have won three in a row and are looking to stay in the hunt in the AFC as they look for another playoff run with Roethlisberger at the helm. On the other side, the Bears are building toward the future behind Fields, who’s made some exciting plays so far in his time as the starter. However, they’ve got some work to do in the NFC North with their record sitting at 3-5. If you’re looking to watch the ManningCast with Eli and Peyton Manning this week, you’re out of luck. The Manning Bros. are off. But you can watch Monday’s night’s main feed on TV via ESPN or live stream via fuboTV.
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The Bears are coming off another brutal loss to the San Francisco 49ers, where the defense gave up 30-plus points for the second straight week. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields had his best game, and all eyes will be on him and Chicago’s offense to see if they can build on last week’s outing.
How To Watch
When: Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET
Where: Heinz Field — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears face off against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers on “Monday Night Football,” in a classic bout of “the rookie vs. the veteran.” The Bears are 3-5 thus far on the season, whereas the Steelers are 4-3. Both teams are third in their respective division, although the NFC North undoubtedly lacks the depth that the AFC North does.
The Steelers are bringing a three-game winning streak into this game, whereas the Bears have lost three straight. They’re coming out of a buzzsaw portion of their schedule, featuring games against the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Francisco 49ers. The Steelers, meanwhile, have been winning ugly — but winning all the same. Most recently, they netted a 15-10 win over their division rival Cleveland Browns.
The Steelers defense does pose some problems for the Bears on paper. T.J. Watt has terrorized quarterbacks, and it’s hard to discount Fields’ disastrous first start against the Browns. If Watt and the Steelers can keep him under pressure, it could be a long Monday night for Chicago. The Steelers’ secondary, however, is susceptible to missed tackles, which could benefit the Bears if they can gameplan possibly.
To that point, Matt Nagy will return for the Bears’ sideline on Monday after clearing COVID-19 protocols. He reclaims the position from special teams coach Matt Tabor, though Bill Lazer will likely continue to call plays for Fields and the Bears offense.
Cracks are appearing in the armor of some of the AFC North’s best, with the Bengals thumping the Ravens two weeks ago and subsequently losing to the Jets. The Ravens lead the division at 5-2, so a win could help the Steelers, at worst, keep pace with Baltimore and Cincinnati in the North.
The Bears and Steelers will be wrapping up Week 9 on ESPN with Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Louis Riddick in the booth. Lisa Salters is handling sideline reporting duties, and John Parry will be providing rules analysis on the broadcast.
There won’t be a Manningcast this week on ESPN2, marking the first time in three weeks the Manning brothers will be taking the week off.
Streamers will be able to watch the game via Watch ESPN, the ESPN app or by using fuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Chicago Bears at 8:15 p.m. ET Monday at Heinz Field. The Steelers will be strutting in after a win while Chicago will be stumbling in from a defeat.
It was all tied up 3-3 at the half for Pittsburgh and the Cleveland Browns last week, but Pittsburgh stepped up in the second half for a 15-10 victory. It was another big night for Pittsburgh’s RB Najee Harris, who punched in one rushing touchdown.
Pittsburgh’s defense was a presence as well, as it got past the Browns’ offensive line to sack QB Baker Mayfield four times for a total loss of 15 yards. It was a group effort with four guys contributing.
Meanwhile, the Bears came up short against the San Francisco 49ers last week, falling 33-22. The losing side was boosted by QB Justin Fields, who passed for one TD and 175 yards on 27 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 103 yards. This was the first time Fields has racked up 100+ rushing yards all year.
Special teams collected ten points for Chicago. K Cairo Santos delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.
The Steelers are the favorite in this one, with an expected 7-point margin of victory. Those who got lucky with them against the spread last week might want to hold off on placing bets this time since the team has yet to string together back-to-back wins against the spread.
Pittsburgh’s victory brought them up to 4-3 while the Bears’ loss pulled them down to 3-5. Two stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Pittsburgh ranks second in the NFL when it comes to touchdowns allowed, with only 14 on the season. Less enviably, Chicago is stumbling into the game with the fewest overall offensive touchdowns in the league, having accrued only 12 on the season. So the cards are definitely stacked against Chicago.
The Chicago Bears couldn’t get back into the win column in Week 8, falling 33-22 to the San Francisco 49ers. Chicago faces an even tougher test when they travel to Pittsburgh to play an in-form Steelers team on Monday Night Football.
The Bears have lost three straight heading into the matchup and will look to rookie quarterback Justin Fields to spark something special. While Chicago managed to put up more points against the 49ers than they had in their two prior losses, the defensive concerns for the Bears are still there.
Meanwhile, the Steelers have found their rhythm after a rocky start to the season, winning their last three games. Rookie running back Najee Harris has been rolling and veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been providing refined performances. Roethlisberger has not thrown an interception over his last three games.
The Bears and Steelers are moving in opposite directions led by quarterbacks at the opposite ends of their careers. The Bears have lost three in a row with rookie Justin Fields under center, while the Steelers are on a three-game winning streak with 18-year veteran Ben Roethlisberger, who is expected to retire at the end of the season.