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Bengals-Vikings game airs Saturday on WCPO-TV

a row of orange helmets with black stripes sits on a black table on the sidelines of a green football field
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Cincinnati Bengals work to keep their playoff hopes alive hosting the Minnesota Vikings Week 15 when NFL games expand to Saturdays in December.

UPDATE 11:30 A.M. TUESDAY DEC. 12: Sportscaster Chris Rose, who won a regional Emmy Award at WXIX-TV in 1994, will call the Bengals-Vikings game at 1 p.m. Saturday for the NFL Network and simulcast on WCPO-TV. The 1993 Miami University graduate will do the game with analyst Jason McCourty and sidelines reporter Steve Wyche.

Rose, a Cleveland native, won a 1994 Emmy for his Fox 19 "Gridiron Gurus" segments before going to Fox Sports' Best Damn Sports Show Period; CNN/SI; calling games for the MLB Network and NFL Network; and hosting pre-and postgame shows, MLB's Intentional Talk, Science Channel's Battlebots and many TV poker shows.

ORIGINAL POST 1:10 P.M. MONDAY DEC. 11: Who Dey think they gonna pass up a Bengals TV game for the Miami Redhawks?

WCPO-TV has picked up local TV rights for the Bengals vs. Minnesota Vikings game at 1 p.m. Saturday from the NFL Network, as the Bengals (7-6) need to win their final four games to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Vikings (also 7-6) currently are the sixth seed for one of the seven NFC playoff slots. The Bengals are not among the top seven teams in the AFC.

Channel 9's coverage starts with a local pregame show at noon, followed by the NFL Network's GameDay Kickoff show at 12:30 p.m. and the game at 1 p.m.

In Cincinnati, ABC's broadcast of the Cricket Celebration Bowl featuring the Howard University Bison against Florida A&M Rattlers starting at noon Saturday will move to WCPO-TV's Bounce subchannel. Bounce is available free over-the air with an antenna on Channel 9.3. It's also on Spectrum cable channel 992 and altafiber cable channel 258.

Miami University, which had boasted that Saturday's bowl game would be the school's first telecast on ABC since 2005, won't appear on the local ABC affiliate until WCPO-TV's NFL Network simulcast ends around 4 p.m.

Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. for the Mid-American Conference champion Redhawks (11-2) playing the Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-5) in the Avocados From Mexico Cure Bowl at FBC Mortgage Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

ABC's coverage will start on the Bounce channel in Cincinnati. Channel 9 will pick up the Miami bowl game in progress after the Bengals' NFL Network telecast ends.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.