Sunday Night Football Schedule 2019: How to Watch Kansas City Chiefs Vs Chicago Bears, TV Channel, Live Stream

The Kansas City Chiefs kept their hopes of securing one of the top two seeds in the AFC last week, but will need considerable help in clinching a first-round bye.

The Chiefs improved to 10-4 with a 23-3 home win against the Denver Broncos in Week 15, securing a fourth consecutive AFC West title and remaining hot on the heels of the 11-3 New England Patriots, who currently hold the second seed in the AFC.

The Patriots are one of the six teams to feature on Saturday's NFL triple-header as they host the Buffalo Bills in a game that will in all likelihood decide the AFC East.

A victory over the Bills would be enough for New England to win an 11th consecutive divisional title and secure a first-round bye, meaning the best-case scenario for the Chiefs would be finishing with the No. 3 seed they currently hold.

The worst-case scenario, on the other hand, would see Kansas City lose to the Bears in Chicago on Sunday Night Football and be overtaken by the Houston Texans.

The Texans currently hold the No. 4 seed in the AFC and can win the AFC South if they defeat the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay on Saturday, which would improve their record to 10-5. A Texans win would leave the Chiefs with no room for error in Chicago, as Houston holds the tiebreaker over Kansas City by virtue of winning at Arrowhead in Week 6.

If the Chiefs win out, however, they can't fall any lower than third. While missing out on a first-round bye would be disappointing, there's a feeling Kansas City is coming into form at the right time.

The Chiefs haven't looked as dominant as they did last season but are on a four-game winning run and their defense appears to have overcome the malaise that affected it in the early stages of the campaign.

Kansas City has conceded just over 11 points per game over the last four weeks and held the Broncos to a field goal on Sunday.

Earlier this week, Andy Reid strengthened his defensive line even further as the Chiefs claimed veteran edge rusher Terrell Suggs off waivers.

The 37-year-old was reportedly ready to consider retirement after being released by the Arizona Cardinals, unless he returned to Baltimore, which he had left as a free agent in March after 16 seasons.

The opportunity of playing with one of the Super Bowl favorites, however, was enough to convince Suggs—who ranks ninth all-time in the NFL with 138 sacks—to sign with the Chiefs.

"It's hard to turn down the reigning MVP and a playoff team," the veteran defensive end was quoted as saying by Sports Illustrated.

"Just the exciting things that they're doing, this atmosphere, it's kind of hard to turn down. [...] This is a team that was a penalty away from the Super Bowl last year. You're not really missing much, but hopefully I can add that extra addition that we can potentially do something special."

Doing something special was firmly in the Bears' minds when the season began, but Chicago's campaign has been a major disappointment.

A year on from winning the NFC North, Matt Nagy's team is 7-7 with a +3 point differential.

The Bears rank 26th in scoring offense and 28th in total offense and their offensive struggles could be made to look even worse on Sunday, when Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs roll into town.

Kansas City famously interviewed Mitchell Trubiksy and Mahomes before the 2017 draft, selecting the latter with the No. 10 overall pick.

The Bears, meanwhile, traded up to No. 2 to select Trubisky.

Last season, Mahomes broke records at a rate of knots en route to winning the MVP award, while Trubisky provided a steady enough hand to steer Chicago to the playoffs.

The gap, however, has widened dramatically this season.

Mahomes has thrown for 3,606 yards and 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season and his 76.7 quarterback rating is the second-highest in the NFL.

Trubisky, meanwhile, has 2,774 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with a QBR of 43.6.

Sunday may serve as another reminder of what could have been for Chicago.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Sunday.

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Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs down field against the Denver Broncos during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium on December 15 in Kansas City, Missouri. Peter Aiken/Getty

When and where is the game?

The Chicago Bears host the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday, December 22.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally by NBC.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via NBC's digital platforms, the NBC Sports website and fuboTV.

Form

The two teams arrive into Week 16 in contrasting moods. Chicago's season effectively ended with a 21-13 road loss against Green Bay that left the Bears at 7-7, while the Chiefs improved to 10-4 with a 23-3 win over the Denver Broncos.

Series record

The Bears lead the all-time series 7-5 and have won two of the past three games against the Chiefs. Chicago won the most recent meeting 18-17 in October 2015, but lost its last home game against Kansas City 10-3 in December 2011.

Odds

According to BetOnline, the Chiefs are five-point favorites and are 22/25 favorite to cover the spread, while the Bears are 2/1 underdogs.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 45.