The Cincinnati Bengals wrap up the preseason Thursday when the Indianapolis Colts come to town.
The fourth and final preseason game typically features backups getting most of the snaps, but the starters may get a series or two in. Guys like Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Geno Atkins, Andrew Whitworth, and Carlos Dunlap will likely get the night off outside of a handful of snaps.
In their place, we'll see backups like AJ McCarron, Keith Wenning, Rex Burkhead, Cody Core, Clayton Fejedelem, and Alex Erickson play most of the night
This game will mainly feature backups who won't play outside of special teams or as a result of injuries to others, as well as roster bubble guys looking to solidify their spot on the 53-man roster.
That's what makes even the fourth preseason game so important to the construction of a 53-man roster. Guys like Erickson are right on the line between making the cut and getting waived. Seeing these guys fight for their NFL lives is what makes the preseason so significant, so why miss the fourth and final game?
Here is everything you'll need to know to watch and follow the Colts and Bengals as they square off in Cincinnati to close out the preseason.
NFL Preseason Week 4: Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
TV Channel: WKRC-TV (CBS Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WKEF-TV (ABC Ch. 22) in Dayton, WSYXTV (ABC Ch. 6) in Columbus, WLIO-TV (FOX Ch. 8.2) in Lima, WDKY-TV FOX Ch. 56) in Lexington, Ky. and WDRB-TV (FOX Ch. 41) in Louisville, Ky.;Check out 506sports.com for full listings in surrounding areas
Announcers: Bengals Preseason Network coverage features Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Anthony Munoz (analyst) and Mike Valpredo (sideline reporter).
Radio: The Bengals Radio Network can be hard on stations WLW-AM (700, The Big One), WCKY-AM (ESPN1530; sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). The broadcaster will be Dan Hoard (play-byplay) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Livestream / Online Stream: NFL Game Pass
Odds: Cincinnati (-4), Over/Under 39.5, via OddsShark.com