In light of the attacks in Paris on Friday, the Bengals and the rest of the NFL have made changes to their security procedures this week to ensure all stadiums are safe and secure.
The NFL announced this weekend that the league was, "closely monitoring events and have been in communication with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, which have informed us that there are no known threats against NFL stadiums." The league also said there would be increased security and law enforcement presence both inside and outside stadiums and even in parking lots and tailgates this weekend.
This applies to Paul Brown Stadium on Monday night as the Bengals play host to the Texans. The NFL is recommending this week that fans do not bring bags with them to NFL stadiums. If a bag is necessary, the clear bag policy requires that bags entering games be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceed 12" x 6" x 12."
According to ESPN, other security enhancements around the league included automatic weapons being possessed by security, bomb-sniffing dogs and restrictions on recording video around stadiums.
The Bengals announced in their own press release that fans are encouraged to enter Paul Brown Stadium early to avoid delays close to kickoff.
"The combination of large crowds and good football weather always leads to a larger-than-normal last-minute crowd arriving at the security checkpoints," said Bengals spokesman Bob Bedinghaus. "Add to this the excitement of Monday Night Football, and the risk of missing kickoff increases for fans who have not planned accordingly. The stadium manager has added staffing and additional lighting where possible to help alleviate long lines, but a key element will be fans making the decision to arrive in plenty of time."
And here is the Bengals' statement on additional security measures that will be taken in light of the Paris attacks, via Bengals.com.
"Since 9/11, the NFL and the Bengals have taken a comprehensive approach to fan safety at all of our games. Security at NFL games has evolved over the years and will be in full force for the game Monday evening. While we do not go into the details of all the security measures in place at our games, many aspects of our security plans are obvious to fans. Examples include the Clear Bag Policy, use of magnetometers as fans approach the stadium, and K-9 searches. Other aspects of security may be less obvious. Collectively our response represents the Best Practices that have been adopted by the NFL and other member Clubs."
The Bengals also announced that Ohio-based band Walk the Moon will be singing the national anthem prior to kickoff. There will also be a moment of silence held prior to kickoff to honor those who passed away in the Paris attacks. Every NFL game Sunday saw teams hold moments of silence to honor the victims in Paris.
The French flag was also displayed prominently within stadiums on Sunday, some on video boards or by the color guard.
The Bengals and Texans face off on ESPN's Monday Night Football with kickoff expected to be around 8:30 p.m. EST. You probably should plan on getting parked at the stadium at least one hour prior to kickoff if you want to be in your seats when the game begins.