Bengals set for prime-time
The Cincinnati Bengals have not had back-to-back winning seasons in 28 years. With the release of the 2010 NFL schedule, it appears that Marvin Lewis and company have a tough road ahead if they want to break that unenviable streak.
The first notable game in 2010 comes in the preseason. The Bengals will take on the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 8. The game will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The Bengals will open the regular season at New England on Sept. 12 and play three of their first four games on the road. The home opener will also be the first game against an AFC North opponent, a week two match-up with the Baltimore Ravens.
Teams usually like their bye week somewhere near the middle of the season. The Bengals will enjoy a rest in week six.
After not being scheduled to play any prime-time games in 2009, the Bengals have three this year. Hide the women and lock the liquor cabinet! The Pittsburgh Steelers will be at Paul Brown Stadium on Nov. 8 for Monday Night Football. Cincinnati will also play in New York against the Jets on Thanksgiving night and the day after Christmas at home against the Chargers.
When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed a desire play more divisional games at the end of the season, he wasn’t joking. The idea was to minimize the possibility of team’s resting star players because they have already clinched a playoff spot. Last year, the Bengals had the division wrapped up by Nov. 29, completing a sweep of the AFC North with a victory over the Browns. Three of the final four games on the Bengals’ schedule are against their AFC North rivals.
The Bengals have a tough schedule, but that’s what you get when you are division champions. Hopefully, a strong defense and improved passing game in 2010 will mean another AFC North title and trip to the playoffs. And maybe more…
Sunday, Aug. 8, vs Dallas, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 15, DENVER, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 20, PHILADELPHIA, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 28, at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 2, at Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m.
Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 12, at New England, 1:00 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 19, BALTIMORE, 1:00 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 26, at Carolina, 1:00 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 3, at Cleveland, 1:00 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 10, TAMPA BAY, 1:00 p.m.
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 24, at Atlanta, 1:00 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 31, MIAMI, 1:00 p.m.
Week 9: Monday, Nov. 8, PITTSBURGH, 8:30 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 14, at Indianapolis, 1:00 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 21, BUFFALO, 1:00 p.m.
Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 25, at NY Jets, 8:20 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 5, NEW ORLEANS, 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12, at Pittsburgh, 1:00 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19, CLEVELAND, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 26, SAN DIEGO, 8:20 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2, at Baltimore, 1:00 p.m.