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Cincinnati Bengals 2016 Schedule: Dates, game times, strength of schedule and more

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We now know the Bengals 2016 schedule! Which game are you most excited for?

The Bengals' 2016 schedule is here!

Week Opponent Home or Away? Date/Time
Week 1 New York Jets Away Sunday, September 11, 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 2 Pittsburgh Steelers Away Sunday, September 18 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 3 Denver Broncos Home Sunday, September 25 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 4 Miami Dolphins Home Thursday September 29, 2016, 8:25 p.m. ET
Week 5 Dallas Cowboys Away Sunday, October 9, 2016, 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 6 New England Patriots Away Sunday, October 16, 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 7 Cleveland Browns Home Sunday, October 23 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 8 Washington London (Home) Sunday, October 30, 2016, 9:30 a.m. ET
Week 9 BYE BYE Sunday, November 6, 2016
Week 10 New York Giants Away Monday, November 14, 2016, 8:25 p.m. ET
Week 11 Buffalo Bills Home Sunday, November 20, 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 12 Baltimore Ravens Away Sunday, November 27, 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 13 Philadelphia Eagles Home Sunday, December  4, 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 14 Cleveland Browns Away Sunday, December 11, 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 15 Pittsburgh Steelers Home Sunday, December 18, 2016, 8:30 p.m. ET
Week 16 Houston Texans Away Saturday, December 24, 2016, 8:25 p.m. ET
Week 17 Baltimore Ravens Home Sunday, January 1, 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET

The Bengals have the longest streak in the NFL of opening the season on the road and that streak will extend this year to eight consecutive seasons as Cincinnati opens the season against the New York Jets in New Jersey. The Bengals will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2, during Vontaze Burfict's suspension. Many thought the NFL would purposely schedule the Bengals to play the Steelers in Week 4 during Burfict's return but, the first matchup between the two teams will be played in Pittsburgh and will be during Burfict's suspension. The Bengals will play Pittsburgh again in Week 15 on Sunday Night Football.

Preseason schedule:

Date Opponent
Friday, August 12, 7:30 p.m. ET vs Minnesota
Thursday, August 18, 7:30 p.m. ET at Detroit
Sunday, August 28, 8:00 p.m. ET at Jacksonville
Thursday, September 1, 7:30 p.m. ET vs Indianapolis

The Bengals have the 4th easiest strength of schedule, based on 2015 records, which means pretty little considering last year they had the 2nd hardest strength of schedule before the season started, but that changed drastically by the end of the year.

As a recap, here's how the NFL's scheduling formula works to determine opponents for all 32 teams each year:

  • 6 division games: 3 home and 3 away
  • 4 games against another division within the same conference: AFC East (rotates every three years)
  • 4 games against a division in the other conference: NFC East (rotates every four years)
  • 2 intraconference games based on the prior year's division standings: Broncos and Texans (two same-conference teams the team is not scheduled to play that season but finished the prior season with the same standing in their division)

What do you think of the Bengals' 2016 schedule?