The NFL season is inching closer and closer. Tomorrow will be the final day of Bengals training camp, which will be a 4 p.m. practice inside Paul Brown Stadium. The next few weeks will shape how the roster for the 2012 season will look like.
The Bengals will host the Green Bay Packers Thursday night in a game where the starters are expected to play the entire first-half and even some in the second-half. With Green Bay having won 15 games last year after winning a Super Bowl two years ago, it will provide the Bengals with a great test before the regular season begins.
August 28th will mark the first major roster cut down, as teams will have to get to 80 players.
The teams’ final preseason game will be Thursday, August 30th in a game that will probably see most of the Bengals projected starters on the bench, leaving those fighting for the last few roster spots to get one last shot to show they deserve to be on the team.
The next cut-down is August 31st, which sees the rosters cut down to 53 players, as well as designating seven players to be on the practice squad.
The NFL season will open September 5th on a Wednesday night featuring the Cowboys and Giants. The Bengals will then have their first game the following Monday night in Baltimore in an early divisional showdown against the Ravens. A win could help springboard the Bengals to an AFC North crown, while a loss will sting, but after getting swept by the Ravens last year, it certainly won’t be a death sentence for their chances at a repay playoff appearance.
Yes my friends, real NFL football is almost here. Who Dey!
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