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Bengals enter tough three-game road trip

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The Cincinnati Bengals have a difficult three-game road trip in New Orleans, Houston and Tampa Bay, which will force them to travel nearly 5,000 miles for the rest of this month.

Andy Lyons

When the Bengals lost 24-3 to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, it actually marked the final time the Bengals would play a home game this month before returning on Dec. 7 to host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After playing a three-game homestand against the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns (going 2-1 in that stretch), the Bengals enter a phase where they'll play three consecutive road games in New Orleans, Houston and Tampa Bay -- that's 4,748 air miles on their frequent flyer cards.

Dating back to the start of 2013, the Bengals are 4-7 on the road and 2-5 in their last seven away games.

"These three are definitely going to be a tough stretch going away like that every week," said left tackle Andrew Whitworth via Fox Sports. "Not to mention they aren't far, but not real short trips. It's going to take a heck of an effort these next three weeks in a row here to kind of try and do everything we can to put ourselves in the right situation for December."

According to Fox Sports Ohio, this is the first three-game road trip since 2003:

This is the first time since 2003 that the Bengals have been scheduled three consecutive road game. They won at San Diego and Pittsburgh before losing at Baltimore in Marvin Lewis' first season as head coach.

In addition to playing three consecutive road games this month, the Bengals will finish out their remaining seven games this season with five road games.