Following a fine showing in Detroit, the Bengals will be heading to Jacksonville for the final preseason game before roster cuts to 75. Here’s all the information you need to know along with some fun facts to watch the primetime contest on Sunday Night Football. This will be the Bengals’ first primetime game of the year, though, it is the preseason, so once September rolls around, this game will mean just about nothing.
Date/Time: Sunday, August 28, 2016, 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Series Leader: Jaguars, 11-9 (Regular Season); 0-0 (Preseason)
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis: 4-1, Gus Bradley 0-1 (Regular Season)
TV Broadcast: NBC Sunday Night Football broadcast with Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst) and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter).
The game will be aired in the Bengals home market on WLWT-TV (Channel 5) in Cincinnati, WDTN-TV (Channel 2) in Dayton and on WLEX-TV (Channel 18) in Lexington, Ky.
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).
Weather: 86 degrees with a chance for thunderstorms [Weather Underground]
- The Jaguars and Bengals are meeting for the first time in preseason.
- Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther coached at Jacksonville University (1997-2000).
- Andy Dalton’s .656 winning percentage as a starter (50-26-1 regular season) ranks fifth among active QBs.
- With one more interception Karlos Dansby will be the fifth linebacker all-time with 40+ career sacks and 20+ interceptions.
- Despite the above fact, Karlos Dansby has never made a Pro Bowl in his NFL career.
- During special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons’ 13 years in Cincinnati, the Bengals have had the fewest fumbled punts (15) and fewest lost fumbles on punts (three) in the NFL.
- The Bengals lead the AFC thus far in the preseason through Aug. 20 in fewest rushing yards allowed (64.5 per game).
- The Bengals have not had a losing preseason since 2011.
- Jacksonville scored 376 points (23.5 points per game) in 2015, the fifth-most in team history and the club’s most since 2007 (411).
- In 2015, Jacksonville’s defense posted 73 passes defensed, the club’s most in a single season since 2006.
- In 2015, Blake Bortles, 23, became the youngest of only three QBs in NFL history to record 4,000-plus passing yards (4,428), 35-plus passing touchdowns (35) and 300-plus rushing yards (310) in a single season, joining MIN’s Daunte Culpepper (4,717-39-406) in 2004 and S.F.’s Steve Young (4,170-36-454) in 1998.
- LB Telvin Smith ranked T-6th in the NFL with 128 tackles (99 solo). He was the first among NFL players age 25-or-younger.
- In 2015, WR Allen Hurns became the youngest undrafted player to produce 1,000-plus receiving yards (1,031) and 10-plus receiving touchdowns (10) in a single season.
- K Jason Myers capped the 2015 season making each of his final 13 fields goals, as well as 19 of his last 20 (95.0%) overall dating back to Week 5.