A win today for the Bengals keeps them all alone atop the AFC North, while a Panthers win could tie them for the division lead in the NFC South. But really, the records are what matter.
A win and a 3-0 start for the Bengals further increases their odds of making it to the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 season, while a Carolina loss would drop them to 1-2, a tough start to come back from and make the postseason.
It’s early in the season, but this game could pay huge dividends when December rolls around, not to mention keep the Bengals’ positive momentum going after disastrous 2016 and ‘17 season.
Here’s a refresher on how to watch and follow today’s action:
How to Watch Carolina Panthers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Game Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina
TV Broadcast: The game will air on CBS. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington.
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon and Steve Tasker will be on the call for CBS.
Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network with Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham calling the action in Carolina.
Now, let’s talk Bengals football.