With the announcement of the 2013 NFL regular-season schedule coming tonight, we now know the Cincinnati Bengals’ quest for the franchise’s first Super Bowl will begin at Chicago vs. the Bears.
They’ll then head back to Cincinnati for the home opener on Monday Night football against the hated Pittsburgh Steeler. This, after their last meeting in Week 16 of last season saw the Bengals go into Pittsburgh and secure a playoff berth while eliminating the Steelers from playoff contention.
Here is the rest of the 2013 regular-season schedule:
|Sun.||Sept. 8||at Chicago||1 p.m.||Soldier Field|
|Mon.||Sept. 16||PITTSBURGH||8:40 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Sept. 22||GREEN BAY||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Sept. 29||at Cleveland||1 p.m.||Cleveland Browns Stadium|
|Sun.||Oct. 6||NEW ENGLAND||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Oct. 13||at Buffalo||1 p.m.||Ralph Wilson Stadium|
|Sun.||Oct. 20||at Detroit||1 p.m.||Ford Field|
|Sun.||Oct. 27||N.Y. JETS||4:05 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Thu.||Oct. 31||at Miami||8:25 p.m.||Sun Life Stadium|
|Sun.||Nov. 10||at Baltimore||1 p.m.||M&T Bank Stadium|
|Sun.||Nov. 17||CLEVELAND*||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Dec. 1||at San Diego*||4:25 p.m.||Qualcomm Stadium|
|Sun.||Dec. 8||INDIANAPOLIS*||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Dec. 15||at Pittsburgh||8:30 p.m.||Heinz Field|
|Sun.||Dec. 22||MINNESOTA*||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Sun.||Dec. 29||BALTIMORE*||1 p.m.||Paul Brown Stadium|
|All times listed are Eastern|
|*Denotes a game subject to flexible scheduling|
-The Bengals have lost 7 of the previous 8 meetings against New England Patriots, 9 of the past 10 games against the New York Jets, 9 of the past 11 meetings against the Miami Dolphins, and 10 of 11 to the Buffalo Bills. all in all, Cincinnati is 5-35 against the AFC East in the past 40 matchups.
-The last time the Bengals played the entire AFC East in 2010, they went 0-4 against them.
-The Bengals play 7 teams that won 10 or more games, but 5 of them come to Cincinnati.
-Over the past two seasons, the Bengals have gone 8-8 vs. these teams, and have gone 4-4 this season.
-Cincinnati will host 5 of this year’s playoff participants, but play just one team on the road who made the playoffs (Baltimore).