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GAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (6-6) at Bengals (7-5) at Paul Brown Stadium, at 1:25 p.m. (PT). TV: CBS (Ch. 5), Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (color commentary) and AJ Ross (sideline reporting).
ODDS: 49ers -1.5. OVER/UNDER: 49.
SERIES: 49ers lead 12-4. LAST MEETING: 49ers beat Bengals 41-17 on Sept. 15, 2019.
The 49ers enter Sunday holding on to the NFC’s No. 7 seed, the final wild-card spot in the conference, with five games left to play in the season.
They head on the road for a second consecutive week to face the Bengals in Cincinnati, who hold the AFC’s No. 6 seed behind the strength of a dynamic offense engineered by 2020 top overall pick Joe Burrow and featuring a group of young playmakers including Ja’Marr Chase. The rookie stands sixth in the NFL in receiving yardage, just 42 from hitting 1,000 for the season.
Speaking of impact players, 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel — who recently crossed the 1,000-yard receiving threshold himself — is listed as questionable to return after missing last week’s loss in Seattle with a groin injury suffered the prior week vs. the Vikings.
The Niners also expect linebacker Fred Warner to return from a hamstring injury that kept him out of last week’s game, and the same goes for Marcel Harris (concussion, but fellow backer Dre Greenlaw is out. Rookie rusher Elijah Mitchell has been ruled out with head and knee injuries, so it’s possible Samuel will asked to reprise his role in the backfield, working in with Jeff Wilson Jr. and JaMychal Hasty.
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