According to Pro Football Talk, there won't be a single blackout this weekend. Every single home team managed to sell out their Week 8 games to ensure that the games will be seen locally.
Every NFL game is expected to meet the threshold to have the blackout lifted and be shown on local TV. Some of those games may not actually be true sellouts, as teams can buy back tickets at 34 cents on the dollar or get sponsors to buy tickets to get the blackout lifted. But local fans can watch their teams on TV this week.
This may have to do with the fact that the Bengals, who haven't sold out a game since they faced the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football in 2010, are on the road this week and don't have to worry about selling their tickets out to lift a blackout.
The Bengals are 4-2 and have been playing well. They have impressive rookies, including two -- Andy Dalton and A.J. Green -- who are likely going to be candidates for Rookie of the Year if they keep doing what they have been throughout the season. They have the second-ranked defense in the league and they've been in position to win every game they've played. This really does feel like a different football team than the Bengals teams of the past.
On top of all that, the Bengals helped their future by trading Carson Palmer for a first-round pick in 2012 and a second- that could turn into a first-round pick in 2013.
So, the question is this: If the Bengals were playing at home this weekend instead of on the road (and you lived in the Cincinnati are, for those of you who live out of town), would you buy tickets to go see them play? Would the NFL still have zero blackouts if the game was in Cincinnati this weekend?