Coach Matt Nagy is on the hot seat as the Bears attempt to earn their first win since Week 5.
The Bears will look to snap the Steelers’ three-game win streak and earn their first victory on the road since they defeated the Raiders 20-9. Nagy is also making his return to the Chicago sideline after clearing the league’s COVID-19 protocols, though offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is still expected to continue play-calling responsibilities.
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Rookie quarterback Justin Fields — coming off a game in which he rushed for 103 yards with a touchdown in his team’s 33-22 loss to the 49ers — is expected to rely on his rushing ability to help the offense gain momentum. The Bears will continue to use running back Khalil Herbert, who rushed for 72 yards last week. He will also have several scoring opportunities.
While the Bears’ offense improves throughout the season, Fields has consistently struggled against defenses that effectively pressure quarterbacks. To that end, Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt leads the Steelers with 8.5 sacks, followed by Cameron Heyward with 2.5. It will be worth monitoring not only how Fields’ line protects him but also how he performs in the face of pressure.
Steelers veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 0-3 in his last three contests against the Bears. He’ll rely on rookie running back Najee Harris to dominate the Bears’ defense and potentially earn his first win against the Chicago franchise since 2005. During their 13-10 victory against the Browns last week, Harris rushed for 92 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown.
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Sporting News is tracking scoring updates and highlights from Bears vs. Steelers on “Monday Night Football.” Follow below for live updates and coverage of the NFL Week 9 prime-time game.
Bears vs. Steelers score
Bears vs. Steelers live updates, highlights from Monday Night Football
Updates will be added at kickoff, at roughly 8:15 p.m. ET.
8:30: Derek Watt tackles Jakeem Grant on the return. Bears will start their second drive from their own 11.
8:25: TOUCHDOWN STEELERS. Najee Harris rushes into the end zone for 10 yards to put the Steelers on the board. After the extra point, Steelers lead 7-0 with 9:42 remaining in the first quarter.
8:23: Roethlisberger finds Claypool and throws a deep pass down the sideline for a 26-yard gain. Steelers move the chains down to the Bears’ 25.
8:19: Fields completes to Robinson for three yards but he goes down at the 30, short of the first down marker. The Bears are forced to punt on their opening drive. Steelers start their opening drive from the 41.
8:15: Steelers win the toss and defer. The Bears will start with the ball from the 22.
What channel is Bears vs. Steelers on today?
- TV channel (national): ESPN
- Live Stream: Watch ESPN, fuboTV
The Bears and Steelers will wrap up Week 9 on ESPN with Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Louis Riddick calling the game in the booth. Lisa Salters will handle sideline reporting duties; John Parry will provide rules analysis on the broadcast.
There won’t be a Manningcast this week on ESPN2, marking the first time in three weeks Peyton and Eli will take the week off.
Streamers will be able to watch the game via WatchESPN, the ESPN app or by using fuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial. Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.
Bears vs. Steelers start time
- Date: Monday, Nov. 8
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. ET | 7:15 p.m. CT
Bears vs. Steelers is scheduled to kick off at 8:15 ET (7:15 CT) from Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field.
NFL live stream for ‘Monday Night Football’
“Monday Night Football” airs on ESPN, so it will be available to stream live on all of the company’s digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.). This will be the easiest way for viewers with cable or satellite to view the game.
Cord-cutters also have plenty of options with which they can stream “Monday Night Football” during the 2021 NFL season.
Bears schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at L.A. Rams||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|2||Sept. 19||vs. Bengals||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|3||Sept. 26||at Browns||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|4||Oct. 3||vs. Lions||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|5||Oct. 10||at Raiders||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||Oct. 17||vs. Packers||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|7||Oct. 24||at Buccaneers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Oct. 31||vs. 49ers||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|9||Nov. 8||at Steelers||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|11||Nov. 21||vs. Ravens||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|12||Nov. 25||at Lions||12:30 p.m. ET||FOX|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Cardinals||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|14||Dec. 12||at Packers||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|15||Dec. 20||vs. Vikings||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|16||Dec. 26||at Seahawks||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Giants||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||at Vikings||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
Steelers schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Bills||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||vs. Raiders||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Bengals||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 3||at Packers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Broncos||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|6||Oct. 17||vs. Seahawks||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|8||Oct. 31||at Browns||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|9||Nov. 8||vs. Bears||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Lions||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|11||Nov. 21||at Chargers||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|12||Nov. 28||at Benga||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Ravens||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14||Dec. 9||at Vikings||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|16||Dec. 26||at Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 3||vs. Browns||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|18||Jan. 9||at Ravens||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
‘Monday Night Football’ schedule 2021
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns|