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Chiefs vs. Bengals: How to watch, TV schedule, channel, odds and more

Everything you need to know to watch the Kansas City take on Cincinnati in Week 17.

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The Game

For the NFL’s Week 17, the Kansas City Chiefs are hosting the Cincinnati Bengals on GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:25 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) on Sunday. The game will be broadcast on CBS (locally on KCTV/5).

The Chiefs currently lead the AFC West with a 9-6 record. With a win, Kansas City will claim its ninth consecutive postseason appearance and eighth straight division title — and guarantee at least one playoff game at Arrowhead.

If the Buffalo Bills have defeated the New England Patriots during Sunday’s early games, a win will also lock Kansas City into the AFC’s third postseason seed. This would open the possibility that in the season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers, the team could give its starters some rest.

Coming into the game, the 8-7 Bengals are bringing up the rear of the AFC North. The team will need some help to make the playoffs — and every postseason scenario begins with a road victory over the Chiefs. But with a Bills win — along with the Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the Seattle Seahawks during Sunday’s late games — a Cincinnati loss will end its chance at a playoff berth.

So we should expect this to be a hard-fought game — and a close one. In last season’s AFC Championship, Kansas City advanced to Super Bowl LVII on a 23-20 home win over Cincinnati. In 2021, the Bengals came to Kansas City and claimed a 27-24 win to represent the AFC in the league championship. In both of those seasons, the Bengals also hosted the Chiefs in regular-season games — and won both of them. But all four of these matchups were decided by just three points.

Nuts and bolts

  • Location: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Playing surface: Natural grass
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time, Sunday, December 31, 2023
  • Weather forecast: 38° and partly cloudy, winds NNW at 10 mph
  • Matchup history: 17-14 Bengals (regular season)
  • Odds: Chiefs -6.5, per DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Officials: Referee John Hussey (35), umpire Carl Paganelli (124), down judge Frank LeBlanc (44), line judge Carl Johnson (101), field judge Anthony Flemming (90), side judge Allen Baynes (56), back judge Matt Edwards (96), replay official Jamie Nicholson and replay assistant Larry Hill Jr.
  • Pageantry: Colors: Topeka Police Department Honor Guard. National Anthem: Goldpine. Flyover: KC-130 tanker from the 139th Airlift Wing of the Missouri National Guard at Rosecrans Air Base in St. Joseph, Missouri. Drum Deck Honoree: Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys. Spirit Leader: Kelli Campbell-Goodnow, Executive Director of the Heart of America Patriot Foundation.

What you need to know in the stadium

  • Parking lots open: 11 a.m.
  • Stadium gates open: 1:30 p.m.
  • Parking passes: All parking passes must be purchased in advance at www.Chiefs.com; payments will not be accepted at the parking toll gates.
  • Cashless Arrowhead: All concession stands and retail points of sale are completely cashless. In addition to traditional scan and chip reader options for credit/debit cards, all fixed points of sale offer mobile tap or scan payment options, including Chiefs Pay, Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay. In-stadium hawkers and vendors are credit card only.
  • Clear bags, permitted items: The NFL’s clear bag policy is in place for all events at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Fans can visit www.Chiefs.com/stadium/clearbag for important information on the clear bag policy and a complete list of permitted and prohibited items. In 2023, Guests will experience a more seamless entry through the CEIA OPENGATE security screening technology at all stadium entry gates this season. As guests approach the stadium, they should keep items in their pockets and/or clear bags as they pass through the new advanced screening devices while following the direction of security personnel. All fans should keep moving through the screening gates at a normal pace, as there is no need to wait for the person in front or to stop unless otherwise directed.
  • COVID-19: Masks are no longer required in indoor spaces. But per Kansas City, Missouri Health Department recommendation, masks are encouraged. Fans should stay home if they are sick, showing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you become ill and can’t attend the game, you can resell or transfer your tickets.

2023 Schedule

Wk
1
Thu
Sep 7
Lions GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Lost
21-20
Wk
2
Sun
Sep 17
@Jaguars EverBank Stadium
Jacksonville
Won
17-9
Wk
3
Sun
Sep 24
Bears GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Won
41-10
Wk
4
Sun
Oct 1
@Jets MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
Won
23-20
Wk
5
Sun
Oct 8
@Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium
Minneapolis
Won
27-20
Wk
6
Thu
Oct 12
Broncos GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Won
19-8
Wk
7
Sun
Oct 22
Chargers GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Won
31-17
Wk
8
Sun
Oct 29
@Broncos Empower Field
Denver
Lost
24-9
Wk
9
Sun
Nov 5
Dolphins Frankfurt Stadium
Germany
Won
21-14
Wk
10
BYE - - -
Wk
11
Mon
Nov 20
Eagles GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Lost
21-17
Wk
12
Sun
Nov 26
@Raiders Allegiant Stadium
Las Vegas
Won
31-17
Wk
13
Sun
Dec 3
@Packers Lambeau Field
Green Bay
Lost
27-19
Wk
14
Sun
Dec 10
Bills GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Lost
20-17
Wk
15
Sun
Dec 17
@Patriots Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, MA
Won
27-17
Wk
16
Mon
Dec 25
Raiders GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Lost
20-14
Wk
17
Sun
Dec 31
Bengals GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
CBS
3:25 p.m.
Wk
18
TBA @Chargers SoFi Stadium
Los Angeles
TBA
TBA

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