Sunday's 2013 NFL live stream and TV games schedule will be capped off as two teams in opposite directions so far this season will take the field. It will be a featured Sunday Night Football showdown as the Chicago Bears (2-0) visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2) at Heinz Field. The game will be part of NBC's NFL live streaming and televised Sunday Night Football coverage for week 3.
According to ESPN.com in a Sept. 22 game report, the Chicago Bears will look to turn Pittsburgh into a "one-dimensional" team by shutting down their rushing attack. Chicago reportedly "minimized" Adrian Peterson's impact last week in their win against the Vikings. With Chicago able to potentially close off the Steelers on the ground, they'll look to improve upon their pass defense which has been struggling. That could finally mean that Julius Peppers could pick up his first sack of the season on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Bears currently rank at No. 23 in the league in terms of their yards per attempt given up, something that certainly needs improvement.
Peppers recently told the media, “This week (the pass rush) is going to be improved. I’m not interested in talking about anything from last week. My focus is on Pittsburgh and getting better.” Chicago will certainly want to beware of Big Ben having the chance at any deep throws during this game, especially on any "third-and-long" situations that might arise on the field. Of course, Big Ben will likely welcome the return of one of his favorite targets in Heath Miller for this game, despite a myriad of other injuries the team is dealing with.
It's no secret that the Steelers have been hurting, both literally and figuratively, in the early season. Cornerback Cortez Allen is definitely out for this game with his ankle injury, while running back Le'Veon Bell is questionable with a foot injury. Curtis Brown, Jarvis Jones, Brett Keisel, Steve McLendon and Heath Miller are all probable with various injuries, showing just how banged up this Pittsburgh team is. However, if University of Virginia product Miller is back, that could give a bit of relief in terms of someone Roethlisberger can connect with on the field.
The Bears come into this meeting with slightly less in terms of injury problems, although some of their top contributors on the field are among those listed. Charles Tillman is questionable with his knee injury, while tight end Martellus Bennett is probable after his shoulder injury. Guard Kyle Long and receiver Brandon Marshall are also both probable for the game with back injuries recently suffered.
Chicago is listed as about a 2 point favorite for this matchup, despite being the road team. The over/under is set at 40 1/2 points for the combined points of the two teams. In terms of the weather, the forecasted "kickoff temperature" is approximately 55 degrees under partly cloudy skies, so it will be a chilly one in Pittsburgh Sunday night.
Sunday night's Chicago Bears vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game has a start time of 8:30 p.m. EST. The televised coverage comes by way of NBC and its affiliate stations around the country. Otherwise, U.S. internet users should be able to go to the NBC Sports Live Extra website at 8:20 p.m. EST to watch a live streaming online presentation of the game as well.