The 49ers look to break their two-game losing streak in Week 8, but that'll take beating the potent Bengals on Sunday afternoon.
There was probably at least a little bit of curiosity surrounding whether or not the San Francisco 49ers could achieve modest success with quarterback Sam Darnold under center and not Brock Purdy, the latter going through the concussion protocol after suffering a head injury during the Niners' Week 7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Had Darnold started and had success, it'd probably do a lot for those who argue that Purdy is merely a product of a friendly offense littered with All-Pros.
Alas, fans won't know that quite yet when the 3-3 Cincinnati Bengals come to town for a Week 8 showdown, as Purdy has since been cleared from the protocol and will get the start over his No. 2.
Cincy, meanwhile is coming off its bye week and hopes the extra period of rest and preparation can build momentum that'll help get quarterback Joe Burrow and Co. further removed from what was an abysmal start to the season.
These two teams could feasibly meet in the Super Bowl this season, so Week 8's tilt at Levi's Stadium should be plenty enticing.
Especially if the scuffling Niners want to avoid a three-game losing streak.
49ers injury report vs. Bengals
Purdy is still listed as questionable on San Francisco's Week 8 injury report, although all signs point to him playing in the wake of clearing the protocol.
However, one of Purdy's best weapons, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, will still be out with a shoulder injury.
- QB Brock Purdy (concussion): Questionable
- WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder): OUT
- OT Trent Williams (ankle): Questionable
Williams missed last week's game, which led to swing tackle Jaylon Moore getting the start.
The 49ers struggled to run the ball against Minnesota, so getting Williams back against a Cincinnati team that's allowing an average of 5.0 yards per rush is pretty vital.
49ers vs. Bengals spread, moneyline, over/under for Week 8
The Niners are 5.5-point home favorites, according to the oddsmakers at FanDuel.
San Francisco's moneyline is -240, while the Bengals' moneyline is +198.
The over/under is 43.5.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.
What channel is the 49ers game on vs. Bengals?
CBS will carry the broadcast for the 49ers game against Cincy, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 4:25 p.m. from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Jim Nantz will handle play-by-play responsibilities, while Tony Romo will be on color commentary.
Tracy Wolfson will be on the sidelines.
Both coasts will be able to watch the televised broadcast, as will most of the South and upper Midwest.
49ers vs. Bengals live stream
Fans who opt to stream the game can subscribe to fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial for first-time users.
Additionally, in-market fans can go to 49ers.com or download the official 49ers app.
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49ers next game and schedule
The 49ers wrap up the first half of their 2023 campaign this Sunday against Cincinnati, which will lead into their Week 9 bye week.
After being idle next week, the Niners play three of four games on the road, including two in the Eastern Time Zone.
- Week 10 @ Jacksonville Jaguars: Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. ET
- Week 11 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4:05 p.m. ET
- Week 13 @ Seattle Seahawks: Thursday, Nov. 23 at 8:20 p.m. ET
- Week 14 @ Philadelphia Eagles: Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4:25 p.m. ET