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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Bears vs. Steelers score
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10:33 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN BEARS. Mooney rushes into the end zone for 15 yards to give the Bears their first touchdown of the night. After the extra point, the Bears cut the Steelers’ lead 20-13 with 14:17 remaining.
10:31 p.m.: Fields fires a deep pass to Graham for a 28-yard gain to give the Bears a first down from the Steelers’ 15.
Third Quarter: Steelers 20, Bears 6
10:25 p.m.: Fields finds Mooney for a 20-yard gain and gives the Bears a first down at the Steelers’ 35 to end the third quarter.
10:22 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN STEELERS. Roethlisberger finds Freiermuth for a 10-yard pass in the end zone to extend the Steelers’ lead. After Boswell misses the extra point, Steelers lead 20-6 with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter.
10:20 p.m.: Claypool rushes for 11 yards to put the Steelers at the Bears’ 12.
10:17 p.m.: Harris leaps over the top of a pile on fourth down to give the Steelers a first down at the Bears’ 23.
10:15 p.m.: Roethlisberger completes a deep pass to Washington for a 42-yard gain. Steelers get a fresh set of downs from the Bears’ 33.
10:12 p.m.: FIELD GOAL BEARS. Santos kicks a 22-yard field goal to cut the Steelers’ lead. Pittsburgh leads 14-6 with 7:43 remaining in the third quarter.
10:08 p.m.: Fields completes for a touchdown, but the call is overturned after the Bears are called for a personal foul. Fields runs for a gain of one yard then finds Montgomery for a four-yard gain.
10:05 p.m.: Fields connects with Marquise Goodwin on a deep pass to put the Bears inside the Steelers’ 14. He secured full control of the ball and it went loose after he hit the ground. After official review, the call stands as a completion for a gain of 50 yards, marking the deepest throw of Fields’ career.
10:02 p.m.: Fields finds Allen Robinson for a 17-yard gain. David Montgomery rushes for another 10 yards to push the Bears to the 36.
9:58 p.m.: Bears will start from their own six after Harvin fired a 41-yard punt from the 48.
9:55 p.m.: Steelers open the second half from their own 30 and Roethlisberger goes down after he throws an incomplete pass. A roughing the passer penalty against the Bears gives the Steelers a first down at the 45.
Halftime: Steelers 14, Bears 3
9:38 p.m.: FIELD GOAL BEARS. After Fields fires consecutive incomplete passes, Santos kicks a field goal from the 35 to put the Bears on the board. Steelers lead 14-3 to end the first half.
9:33 p.m.: Fields connects with Kmet on back-to-back plays to give the Bears their first scoring opportunity. They start their ninth play of the drive from the Steelers’ 10 with under a minute remaining in the half.
9:21 p.m.: Montgomery fails to get past the first down marker on third down. Justin Fields forces a false start penalty against the Steelers to give the Bears a first down at midfield.
9:18 p.m.: Steelers take over from their own 10 after O’Donnell punts for 31 yards.
9:15 p.m.: Fields throws a short pass to Grant, who stays in bounds and completes for a 16-yard gain. Another penalty against Chigaco pushes the Bears back to the 41.
9:13 p.m.: Fields finds Kmet for a 25-yard gain to give the Bears a first down from the Steelers’ 27.
9:11 p.m.: Roethlisberger completes to Freiermuth but is brought down at the 20. The Bears take over at the 48 after a 32-yard punt from Harvin.
9:09 p.m.: Steelers start the drive from their own 17. Najee Harris rushes for eight yards on second down but a holding penalty against the Steelers pushes them back to the 17.
9:05 p.m.: Fields takes a hit from Minkah Fitzpatrick as he rushes out of bounds on third down. Bears are forced to punt as they fail their third opportunity to convert.
9:01 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN STEELERS. Roethlisberger completes to Freiermuth for a four-yard score. Steelers lead 14-0 with 13:22 remaining in the second quarter.
9:00 p.m.: Roethlisberger throws two consecutive incomplete passes from the four. Steelers call back-to-back timeouts before third down.
8:57 p.m.: Roethlisberger finds Johnson for 11 yards to give the Steelers a first down from the nine.
First Quarter: Steelers 7, Bears 0
8:52 p.m.: Najee Harris converts with a one-yard rush on fourth down and gives the Steelers a first down at the Bears’ 25 to end the first quarter.
8:50 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, STEELERS. Cameron Heyward picks off a pass from Fields at the Bears’ 36.
8:49 p.m.: T.J. Watt brings sacks Fields for a loss of one yard.
8:47 p.m.: Montgomery rushes for 22 yards to give the Bears a first down at the 33. He rushes for another two yards on the following play.
8:42 p.m.: Robert Quinn sacks Roethlisberger for a loss of five yards. Roethlisberger throws an incomplete pass on third down and forces the Steelers to punt at the 49.
8:38 p.m.: Harris rushes for one yard and picks up a first down at the 47.
8:35 p.m.: David Montgomery makes a catch at the 15 for a six-yard gain but are short of a first down. The Steelers take over at their own 36 following the punt.
8:30 p.m.: Derek Watt tackles Jakeem Grant on the return. Bears will start their second drive from their own 11.
8:25 p.m.: 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 p.m.: 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 p.m.: 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 p.m.: 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|