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Broncos vs. Bears: How to watch, start time, TV channel, streaming and more

Here’s how to watch the Week 4 matchup between the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears on October 1, 2023.

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The Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears will be battling out for who will claim the NFL’s worst team title and set the loser on a direct path to drafting USC’s Caleb Williams number one overall in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Game Preview

The two worst defenses in the NFL will square off in Week 4 in the Windy City. One of the leagues worst offenses too, but not Denver’s. They are more middle of the road offensively, which should theoretically give them an edge in this game that Chicago simply doesn’t have.

It’s hard to project a win for the Broncos, however. With two historically bad defenses through three games, it probably won’t matter much how good an offense is. If the defensive play remains terrible, then a bad offense could still easily run up the score here. With Justin Fields being a dual threat, they could create havoc for Vance Joseph’s zone-style defense he’s been trying to implement this season.

Joseph promised to fix things this week, saying, “I’ll fix it quickly. I have to.” Not sure how you fix 10 touchdowns in a single game, but I’ll be happy if they hold the Bears to three.

Here’s how to watch.

TV Schedule

Who: Denver Broncos (0-3) at Chicago Bears (0-3)

When: Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. Mile High time

Where: Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois

TV Channel: Channel 7 Denver or CBS

Online Streaming: YouTube TV w/ NFL Sunday Ticket

Announcers: Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Tiki Barber and Matt Ryan (analysts), and AJ Ross (sideline reporting).

Local Radio: KOA - 850 AM & 94.1 FM with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Rick Lewis (analyst), and Susie Wargin (sideline) | Broncos Radio Network

If you see YELLOW in your region, then you should have the Broncos-Bears game on your local CBS station on TV. The full map information is below.

Broncos injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Josey Jewell ILB Hip DNP DNP DNP OUT
Mike Purcell DT Ribs DNP DNP DNP OUT
Lloyd Cushenberry III C Illness -- -- LIMITED --

Bear injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Josh Blackwell DB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP OUT
Eddie Jackson DB Foot DNP DNP DNP OUT
Jaylon Johnson DB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP OUT
Tyrique Stevenson DB Illness FULL FULL FULL

Broncos-Bears Betting Odds

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Broncos opened slight 2.5-point favorites over the Bears. However, that line has steadily grown over the week and now stands at a 3.5-point edge for the visiting (and winless) Denver Broncos with an over/under at 46.5. That tells you just how bad oddsmakers think the Bears are. I think this will end up being a closer game, but I’d hate to think how things might be for Denver if they lose this game.

Fan Sentiment

In our weekly Broncos fan survey, we saw fan confidence tank to its lowest levels since the Nathaniel Hackett era and we were still in September. That’s how bad the 2023 Broncos started off this season. If the losing continues, we’ll see the single-digits soon enough, but even a win likely won’t move the needle much this week. The Bears are a pretty bad football team.

Hot Reads

Broncos Podcasts

Our podcast network has been released into free agency by SB Nation. Thus we have rebranded to Mile High Broncos Podcasts. The good news is that if you subscribed before the change then you’ll still be there on the new name change. We have an aggressive schedule of podcasts this season and look for two shows a day all season long! We’ll have a short-form podcast in the mornings that will be our audio version of Horse Tracks and a long-form afternoon show later in the day. Ross Allen has also consolidated all of our audio and video content in one place, so definitely give our Mile High Broncos Podcasts YouTube channel a follow too!

Here are the long-form shows from Week 4 for your listening pleasure:

The Round Up with Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann: Week 4

Something Something Broncos with Jess Place and Mike DeCicco: Week 4

Odds and Endzones with Ian St. Clair and Adam Malnati: Week 4

Dublin to Denver with Column Cronin and Stewart Roche: Week 4

Broncos Binge with Rachel Strand and Dalton Coble: Week 4

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Broncos 2023 schedule

Wk Date Opponent Time (MT) TV Final Score Record
Wk Date Opponent Time (MT) TV Final Score Record
1 9/10/2023 vs. Las Vegas Raiders 2:25 PM CBS 16-17 0-1
2 9/17/2023 vs. Washington Commanders 2:25 PM CBS 33-35 0-2
3 9/24/2023 at Miami Dolphins 11:00 AM CBS 20-70 0-3
4 10/1/2023 at Chicago Bears 11:00 AM CBS 31-28 1-3
5 10/8/2023 vs. New York Jets 2:25 PM CBS 21-31 1-4
6 10/12/2023 at Kansas City Chiefs (TNF) 6:15 PM Prime Video 8-19 1-5
7 10/22/2023 vs. Green Bay Packers 2.25 PM CBS 19-17 2-5
8 10/29/2023 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 2:25 PM CBS 24-9 3-5
9 11/5/2023 BYE
10 11/13/2023 at Buffalo Bills (MNF) 6:15 PM ESPN 24-22 4-5
11 11/19/2023 vs. Minnesota Vikings (SNF) 6:20 PM NBC 21-20 5-5
12 11/26/2023 vs. Cleveland Browns 2:05 PM FOX 29-12 6-5
13 12/3/2023 at Houston Texans 11:00 AM CBS
14 12/10/2023 at Los Angeles Chargers 2:25 PM CBS
15 12/16/2023 at Detroit Lions (Saturday) 6:15 PM NFL Network
16 12/24/2023 vs. New England Patriots (SNF) 6:15 PM NFL Network
17 12/31/2023 vs. Los Angeles Chargers 2:25 PM CBS
18 TBD at Las Vegas Raiders TBD TBD