NFL Schedule 2013: Previewing The Cincinnati Bengals Schedule

Gregory Shamus

The NFL will release the 2013 regular season schedule Thursday night. We take a look at Cincinnati's opponents this year.

The 2013 NFL regular season schedule will be released Thursday at 8 p.m. (ET), revealed on NFL.com and an NFL Network show called "Schedule Release '13" (how's that for creative?). All 32 teams will have their schedules released, including all Prime Time affairs on Thursday, Monday and Sunday. Along with their annual home and away games against the AFC north, the Bengals will play the AFC East, NFC North and corresponding second-place teams in the AFC South and AFC West. A few notes:

BALTIMORE RAVENS: Despite winning 10 of the first 15 games against Baltimore to kickoff Marvin Lewis' regime, the Bengals have struggled against the Ravens losing four of the last five, including a 44-13 blowout during kickoff weekend last season; the one win was a 23-17 week 17 affair with most starters taking a break before the 2012 NFL playoffs. Cincinnati has played their regular season opener against the Ravens three times since 2007. It's not likely to happen this year with Baltimore opening the season on Thursday Night Football on the road.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Obviously the major headline would feature James Harrison against the Steelers if the free agent linebacker signs with Cincinnati. Otherwise the Bengals have that inferiority complex against Pittsburgh, having only won six of the 21 games played against the Steelers dating back 2003. During their most previous engagement, the Bengals won in Pittsburgh to clinch their second postseason berth in as many years. Some believe that this is the turning point in the one-sided rivalry.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Cincinnati has lost seven of the previous eight meetings against New England, dating back to 1993 (including 7-2 loss that year). This is what they call the Rick Flair game. If you want to be the man...

BUFFALO BILLS: It took over 20 years for Cincinnati to finally beat the Buffalo Bills. Prior to Cincinnati's 23-20 win on October 2, 2011, the Bengals lost ten straight against the Bills. This year Cincinnati travels to Buffalo, where they haven't won since November 3, 1985.

NEW YORK JETS: There is a revenge factor having been eliminated by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2009 NFL playoffs. The Bengals have lost nine of the past ten games against the Jets, dating back to 1992. We just hate them.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: Like most of the AFC East, the Miami Dolphins have been a pain in our collective backsides. Including last year's 17-13 loss, the Bengals are 2-11 against the Dolphins since 1978.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: The Cincinnati Bengals have played 11 regular season games against the Vikings with Minnesota leading the all-time series 6-5. It's been a rotation of victory for both teams, with only one instance of either team winning back-to-back games throughout the series (the Vikings in '89 and '92). Minnesota won the most recent game 30-10 in 2009, giving optimistic raise that it's Cincinnati's turn in the rotation.

CHICAGO BEARS: The Bengals actually have an advantage against Chicago, leading the all-time series 6-3. Cincinnati has won four of the previous five meetings.

GREEN BAY PACKERS: The two "Forrest Gregg" teams are close with Cincinnati leading the all-time series 6-5. Last time these teams met, the game was tied at 21 by half time. Cincinnati outscored Green Bay 10-3 in the second half and Antwan Odom played his only meaningful game in stripes.

DETROIT LIONS: After losing two games in 1970 and 1974 against Detroit, the Bengals have won seven of the next eight games for an all-time series record of 7-3. The Bengals are riding a four-game winning streak against the Lions and the Bengals haven't lost IN Detroit since September 27, 1970.

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Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens
Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns
New England Patriots Buffalo Bills
New York Jets Miami Dolphins
Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions
Indianapolis Colts San Diego Chargers
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