It’s the third week in August and NFL teams are preparing to play their starters for more than just a quarter of football. That’s the plan for the Bengals as they get set to play their third preseason game under head coach Zac Taylor.
Their opposition is the New York Giants, who, like their last opponent in the Redskins, have a first-round pick at quarterback sitting behind a washed up veteran. Rookie Daniel Jones may not see the field until the second half while veteran Eli Manning leads the first team, and that’s exactly what will happen with the Bengals.
Andy Dalton and the other 21 starters on both sides of the ball will play the entire first half before most of them watch next week’s exhibition against the Colts to wrap up the preseason. Once the third quarter begins, expect to see fourth-round pick Ryan Finley trot out onto the field to command the second-string offense for the second week in a row.
The offensive line in front of both Dalton and Finley continues to be a hot topic as we inch closer to the regular season. Dalton will be without left tackle Cordy Glenn for this game and his center could be either Billy Price or Trey Hopkins. With Andre Smith taking Glenn’s reps, the second-string line for Finley becomes a bit thinner if further injuries occur.
Despite the uncertainty regarding who will start Week 1, there isn’t much debate about which offensive linemen will make the team. The same cannot be said about other position groups like wide receiver, tight end, defensive line and linebacker. This game will go a long way in determining which players from those units will avoid final cuts.
Here’s how you can watch the Bengals’ all-important third preseason game against the Giants.
Game: New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Aug. 22nd, 2019
Game Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Odds: The Bengals are a 1.5-point favorite
TV Channel: WKRC-TV (CBS Channel 12) in Cincinnati, WKEF-TV (ABC Ch. 22) in Dayton, WSYX-TV (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.
Announcers: Mike Watts (play-by-play), Anthony Munoz (analyst) and Marisa Contipelli (sideline reporter).
Radio Broadcast: The game will air 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).
Replay: Check local listings on the NFL Network and NFL Game Pass.