Despite the current lockout, the NFL announced its teams' schedules tonight. Coming off of an abysmal 4-12 2010 season, the Bengals will not be playing any prime-time games (surprise surprise), after playing in two prime-time games (one on a Monday night and another on Sunday) in the previous season.
The Bengals will play both of their first two games on the road for the first time 1996, first playing at division rival Cleveland Browns (Sept. 11) and then traveling out to Denver to play the Broncos (Sept. 18). Then they play two home games back-to-back against the San Francisco 49ers (Sept. 25) and then against the Buffalo Bills (Oct. 2). For their fifth game, the Bengals will travel to the Sunshine State to play the Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 9) before playing the Indianapolis Colts (Oct. 16) the following week, their last game before the bye week.
After the bye week, the Bengals have two more back-to-back away games against the Seattle Seahawks (Oct. 30) and the Tennessee Titans (No. 6). They then return home to play the Pittsburgh Steelers (Nov. 13) and then travel to Baltimore the following week to play the Ravens (Nov. 20) and then return home the week after that to play the Browns for the second time (No. 27). Three division rival games in a row may sound like a lot, but the Bengals aren't done yet; after they play the Browns, they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers (Dec. 4.) again.
The Bengals play three of their final four games at home in Paul Brown Stadium. They play the Houston Texans (Dec. 11) at home in week 14 before traveling to St. Louis to play the Rams (Dec. 18) for their final away game of the season. They finish the season with two consecutive home games, first against the Arizona Cardinals (Dec. 24) in week 16 and then the finish off the season by playing the Baltimore Ravens (Jan. 1) for the second time.
Click the jump to view their full schedule.
|Fri.||Aug. 12||at Detroit||7:30 p.m.||Ford Field|
|Sun.||Aug. 21||at N.Y. Jets||7 p.m.||New Meadowlands Stadium|
|Thu.||Aug. 25||CAROLINA||7 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Thu.||Sept. 1||INDIANAPOLIS||7 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Sept. 11||at Cleveland||1 p.m.||Cleveland Browns Stadium|
|Sun.||Sept. 18||at Denver||4:15 p.m.||INVESCO Field at Mile High|
|Sun.||Sept. 25||SAN FRANCISCO||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Oct. 2||BUFFALO||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Oct. 9||at Jacksonville||1 p.m.||Everbank Field|
|Sun.||Oct. 16||INDIANAPOLIS||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Oct. 30||at Seattle||4:15 p.m.||Qwest Field|
|Sun.||Nov. 6||at Tennessee||4:05 p.m.||LP Field|
|Sun.||Nov. 13||PITTSBURGH||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Nov. 20||at Baltimore*||1 p.m.||M&T Bank Stadium|
|Sun.||Nov. 27||CLEVELAND*||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Dec. 4||at Pittsburgh*||1 p.m.||Heinz Field|
|Sun.||Dec. 11||HOUSTON*||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Dec. 18||at St. Louis*||1 p.m.||Edward Jones Dome|
|Sat.||Dec. 24||ARIZONA||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Jan. 1||BALTIMORE*||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|All times listed are Eastern|
|*Denotes a game subject to flexible scheduling|