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Bengals News (5/13): Schedule is here

The Bengals 2021 schedule is finally here.

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High profile quarterback matchups highlight the Cincinnati Bengals 2021 regular season schedule
As the Bengals perused their first 17-game schedule that was released Wednesday night, they saw another Paul Brown Stadium opener (Vikings), their latest bye week in eight years (Nov. 14) and their latest regular-season game ever (Jan. 9) in their first all-time season finale in Cleveland.

2021 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule: Complete schedule, tickets and match-up information for 2021 NFL Season
The Bengals released their 2021 schedule tonight, including preseason opponents and the schedule for the first-ever 17-game regular season. Both season tickets and single game tickets for all 10 home games are on sale now. There are no fees on single game tickets purchased directly through the Bengals. Fans interested in purchasing tickets should call the Bengals Ticket Hotline at (513) 621-8383 or visit bengals.com/tickets.

Cincinnati Bengals: Cornerback depth chart after 2021 NFL Draft
The Cincinnati Bengals added several new faces at cornerback this year and that should help their passing defense, which finished the 2020 season ranked in the bottom half of the league per Pro Football Reference. If the Bengals want to improve this year, their secondary has to be better and that’s why they were aggressive in bringing in talent at cornerback.

Bengals schedule predictions: Picking each game in 2021
And taking a first glance? That final stretch of games comes against some good teams. But that’s the catch — these are way-too-early predictions and quite a bit can and will change before the kickoff of each game.

Bengals showing interest in free-agent CB Steven Nelson
The Cincinnati Bengals overhauled their cornerback group in the offseason and will feature a new-look unit in 2021. But could one more addition be on the way in the form of Steven Nelson? ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Wednesday that the Bengals are one of 14 teams showing interest in the former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback.

Cincinnati Bengals 2021 schedule: Dates, times, TV, key games, toughest matchup, season prediction
Ladies and gentlemen, the 2021 NFL schedule is officially here. With the draft in the books and most rosters all but locked and loaded for the fall, we can finally turn our eyes toward the season. The AFC North, in particular, promises plenty of intrigue this year, with three teams coming off of playoff seasons. And while they finished last in the division last year, the Bengals have hope in the form of Joe Burrow, who played extremely well before an injury prematurely ended his rookie campaign. Here's a full rundown of their 17-game schedule, including key matchups and a season prediction:

Analyst Believes Cincinnati Bengals Playing in One of the Best Games of the 2021 Season
The Bengals will start the season at home against the Vikings. They also host Aaron Rodgers' Packers and Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium in Weeks 5 and 17, respectively.

Around the league

2021 NFL schedule release: Seven must-watch revenge games in the upcoming season
Ahhhh, revenge. You might call the very idea of it petty and small-minded -- and if so, you can get right the hell out of here. I declare vengeance upon you. 'Round these parts, we adore revenge. Slights, perceived or otherwise, are always welcome. Vindictiveness is a character trait we hold in equal regard to tired warhorses like loyalty and valor.

Matt Nagy realizes Bears need to have 'successful entry plan' for QB Justin Fields
It makes for an interesting dilemma for Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who has a veteran QB with Pro Bowl-starting experience in Dalton, another veteran who started much of last season in Nick Foles still around and, of course, Fields, the No. 11 overall pick of the draft and Chicago fans' anointed savior for autumns to come.

Matt Rhule 'disappointed' Teddy Bridgewater was critical of Panthers practice habits
"I'm not going to delve into specifics about our process, some of that is specific to us," Rhule said Wednesday night, per the Associated Press. "But I feel really good about our preparation, and the amount of work our coaches put in and the amount of work our players put in. The amount of practice work, I think we push them in a really smart way."

How bye weeks break down in NFL's 17-game 2021 season
With the expansion of the NFL season to 17 games, speculation grew about how the league would handle the bye-week calendar with the addition of an extra game.

Toughest NFL schedules of 2021: Chiefs among teams with most daunting slates
You understand that. So do I. We still desire to bathe in it right now. I remember a 13-year-old me ripping through the sports section of USA TODAY to find out who my treasured Browns opened with, closed with -- and whether they were given a raw deal.