We are mere hours away from seeing the Cincinnati Bengals kickoff their 2012 season against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. This will be the Bengals’ first primetime game since the tea traveled to New York to face the Jets on Thanksgiving night of 2010. Hopefully this one has a better result. A win tonight would help carve out a path for the Bengals to travel on this year that could eventually take them to the AFC North division crown. Here’s how that road may shape out:
The Bengals will open the 2012 season at Baltimore tonight against the Ravens on Monday Night Football.
After tough game at Baltimore in week 1, they’ll face Cleveland twice, followed by the Redskins, Jaguars, and Dolphins. That stretch will be great for building the teams’ confidence, assuming they can go at least 4-2 in that stretch.
They’ll then face the Steelers at home in week 7 before their bye week, but they’ve lost 4-straight against their division rivals. That has to change if these young Bengals are to take the next step and win the AFC North.
The Bengals will host the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in week 10.
Cincinnati will welcome former QB Carson Palmer in week 12 as his Raiders square off against the Bengals.
From October 15 through November 17, the Bengals will have no road games.
The Bengals head to Philadelphia to play the Eagles in week 15 on Thursday Night Football. They are 4-3 all-time in Philly, and this game will almost certainly have playoff implications for one, if not both teams.
The Bengals finish the year at home against Baltimore, with playoff implications guaranteed to be at stake for at least one of those teams. Hopefully the Bengals will avenge last year’s home-finale loss to the Ravens that allowed them to clinch the AFC North on the Bengals own turf.
Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis’ record against this year’s opponents is 45-41-1.