The Cincinnati Bengals kick off their 2015 NFL season with a trip to the West Coast to face the Oakland Raiders.
This will be a matchup of two franchises who couldn't be further apart in terms of recent success and stability. The Bengals have made it to the playoffs in four-straight seasons while compiling a 40-23 regular-season record over that span.
As for the Raiders, they haven't made the playoffs since 2002 and have endured three-straight seasons of fewer than five wins. They've also finished in third or fourth-place in the AFC West every year since 2003 while failing to have a winning record during that span.
With eight head coaches, 18 starting quarterbacks and no winning seasons in the last dozen years, they’ve been the laughingstock of the NFL. But the new season brings about new hope for all 32 NFL clubs, and that's no different with the Raiders. Led by promising second-year QB Derek Carr and stud rookie receiver Amari Cooper, the Raiders finally appear to have a bright future that should have fans rocking the Coliseum on Sunday.
As for the Bengals, they hope this season will end in a different result than has been the case in the past 24 years. That's because this franchise hasn't won a playoff game since the 1990-91 season. That includes an 0-6 mark under head coach Marvin Lewis, who looks to finally get that elusive postseason win this year with a Bengals team capable of a deep playoff run.
Here's everything you need for the Bengals' Sunday matchup with the Raiders.
How to watch and follow Bengals vs Raiders
Date: Sun, Sep 13, 4:25 PM ET
Location: O.co Coliseum
TV Broadcast: CBS (1:25 PM PT): Tom McCarthy, Chris Simms (Do I get the game?)
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). SIRIUS: 81 (Cin.), 84 (Oak.). XM: 227 (Oak.).
Online Streaming: DirecTV Sunday Ticket
SB Nation: Silver and Black Pride (@silverblakpride)
Weather: Sunny and 71 degrees [Weather Underground]
Odds: Cincinnati is one of eight road favorites, (-3.5), according to Las Vegas casinos. Both teams won eight games against the spread last year.
Over/Under: 43 points