Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals
When: Sunday, August 23rd
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium
Game time: 8:00 pm ET
TV: NBC - Al Michaels (play-by play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst), Michelle 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.
Online Stream: NBC Sports Live
Radio: Cincinnati WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Arizona Sports 98.7 - English - Dave Pasch (play-by-play) , Ron Wolfley (color analyst), Paul Calvisi (sideline reporter)
KVVA 107.1 FM - Spanish - Gabriel Trujillo (play-by-play), Rolando Cantu (color analyst)
The Bengals take their preseason act to the national stage this week, visiting Arizona on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, and head coach Marvin Lewis is challenging his entire 86-player roster to produce a 60-minute quality effort. Cincinnati fell to 0-2 on the August schedule last week, losing 25-17 to the visiting N.Y. Jets.
The game was of an often-seen preseason stripe — one team prevailing in the brief battle of starters and the other team controlling roughly three quarters of reserve skirmishes to claim victory. The Bengals’ first units played crisply for the second straight week and mounted a 17-3 lead. But Lewis termed that effort "tarnished" by the Jets closing with a 22-0 run.
In the game overall, the Bengals were flagged for 11 penalties for 92 yards and lost the turnover battle at minus-2. And the minus-2 does not include a Jets blocked punt for a safety, a continuation of early preseason big-play woes for Cincinnati’s normally quite capable special teams.
The two teams last met on Christmas Eve 2011 with the Bengals holding on for a 23-16 victory in Cincinnati. The preseason series is tied 2-2, and the Bengals lead 6-4 in regular-season play.
The last preseason meeting was in 1996 at Arizona, the Cardinals winning 13-10.