In the midst of a two-game winning-streak and in the thick of the race for one of the two Wild Card spots, as well as welcoming back former franchise QB Carson Palmer to town, it looked as though this Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders would be able to sellout and prevent only the second blacked-out game of 2012.
Unfortunately though, that will not be the case, as the Bengals have just announced that Sunday’s game came up just short of selling out, and thus the game will be blacked-out. This means the game will not air in a 75-mile radius of Cincinnati.
Despite having the past two games blacked out, the Bengals have seen a significant boost in attendance this season. According to Joe Reedy, through the first five home games of this season, the Bengals are averaging 94% of capacity (61,569), and that last year at this point, it was only 49,619 (75.7%) of capacity.
It is worth noting that the teams’ next home, December 9th against the Dallas Cowboys, has already been declared a sellout. That means the only remaining Bengals home game that has yet to sellout is the Week 17 finale against the Ravens. Hopefully with a playoff berth potentially on the line, that game will easily sellout.