Cincinnati Bengals Enter Sunday Night Football On Eight-Game Primetime Losing Streak

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

During the Marvin Lewis era, the Cincinnati Bengals are 4-10 during night games, but are currently looking to break an eight-game losing streak.

Reading Joe Reedy's rundown of the Cincinnati Bengals record during primetime games at the Cincinnati Enquirer comes with some risk.

Since hiring head coach Marvin Lewis, the Cincinnati Bengals have amassed a 4-10 record during night games, though currently on an eight-game losing streak in which they've lost by an average 18.6 points per game. The Bengals have also lost nine of their last 10 primetime games, with their most recent win coming against the Baltimore Ravens in 2007 on Monday Night Football.

An equally disturbing point beyond the eight-game losing streak, is how badly they're played with only two losses within a touchdown -- and one of those games, the Steelers were mostly in total control with a 20-7 half time lead.

Since NBC took over Sunday Night football, the Bengals are winless on two tries, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers (2007) and the New York Jets (2009). The latter being the regular season finale in 2009 in which Cincinnati had already clinched their postseason berth and couldn't gain nor lose position. The New York Jets, on the other hand, needed a win to clinch.

Cincinnati has played the Pittsburgh Steelers three times during primetime games during the Marvin Lewis tenure, losing all three by an average 12.3 points.

During the Marvin Lewis era:

SEASON DATE PROGRAM OPP. RESULT
2012 Sept. 10 Monday Night Football @ Baltimore Ravens L, 13-44
2010 Nov. 25 Thursday Night Football (NFLN) @ NY Jets L, 10-26
2010 Nov. 8 Monday Night Football Pittsburgh Steelers L, 21-27
2009 Jan. 3 Sunday Night Football @ NY Jets L, 0-37
2008 Nov. 20 Thursday Night Football (NFLN) @ Pittsburgh Steelers L, 10-27
2007 Dec. 15 Thursday Night Football (NFLN) @ San Francisco 49ers L, 13-20
2007 Dec. 2 Sunday Night Football @ Pittsburgh Steelers L, 10-24
2007 Oct. 1 Monday Night Football New England Patriots L,13-34
2007 Sept. 10 Monday Night Football Baltimore Ravens W, 27-20
2006 Dec. 18 Monday Night Football @ Indianapolis Colts L, 16-34
2006 Nov. 30 Thursday Night Football (NFLN) Baltimore Ravens W, 13-7
2005 Oct. 9 Sunday Night Football (ESPN) @ Jacksonville Jaguars L, 20-23
2004 Oct. 25 Monday Night Football Denver Broncos W, 23-10
2004 Sept. 19 Sunday Night Football (ESPN) Miami Dolphins W, 16-13

From 1990-2002:

SEASON DATE PROGRAM OPP. RESULT
2002 Sept. 22 Sunday Night Football (ESPN) @ Atlanta Falcons L, 3-30
1998 Sept. 27 Sunday Night Football (ESPN) @ Baltimore Ravens L, 24-31
1997 Dec. 4 Sunday Night Football (ESPN) Tennessee Oilers W, 41-14
1996 Oct. 6 Thursday Night Football (TNT) Houston Oilers L, 27-30
1995 Oct. 19 Thursday Night Football (TNT) @ Pittsburgh Steelers W, 27-9
1994 Oct. 2 Thursday Night Football (TNT) Miami Dolphins L, 23-7
1993 Dec. 5 Sunday Night Football (ESPN) @ San Francisco 49ers L, 8-21
1992 Nov. 8 Sunday Night Football (ESPN) @ Chicago Bears W, 31-28
1992 Oct. 19 Monday Night Football @ Pittsburgh Steelers L, 0-20
1991 Dec. 9 Monday Night Football @ Miami Dolphins L, 13-37
1991 Oct. 21 Monday Night Football @ Buffalo Bills L, 16-35
1991 Sept. 8 Sunday Night Football (TNT) Houston Oilers L, 7-30
1990 Nov. 18 Sunday Night Football (ESPN) Pittsburgh Steelers L, 3-27
1990 Oct. 28 Thursday Night Football (TNT) @ Atlanta Falcons L, 17-38
1990 Oct. 22 Monday Night Football @ Cleveland Browns W, 34-13
1990 Oct. 1 Monday Night Football @ Seattle Seahawks L, 16-31
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