Tonight All-Pro Geno Atkins makes his first appearance with the team since tearing his ACL in week nine of last year. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals at Cardinals Preseason Game 3: What You Need to Know

Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ)

Date: August 24, 2014

Game Time: 8:00pm ET

Weather: The weather in Glendale looks to be somewhere in the mid-90s with a 0% chance of rain.  With low humidity, it’ll be a nice evening for football in the Grand Canyon State.

TV: Tonight’s game will be broadcast nationally on NBC.   As usual, Al Michaels (play-by-play) and former Bengal receiver Cris Collinsworth (analyst) will be announcing the game with Michele Tafoya as the lead sideline reporter.

Radio: The game will be broadcasted on Cincinnati’s WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7).  Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and former Bengal offensive lineman Dave Lapham (analyst) will be the announcers.  Bengals.com has also provided a list of other radio broadcasts in the local area.

Streaming and Listening Online: The game can be viewed through the NFL network here.  The NFL network also offers its Audio Pass, so listening is also possible through its network.

Tonight the Bengals square off the the Cardinals in their third preseason game.  They’ll meet a familiar face in quarterback Carson Palmer as they attempt to further establish their 2014 roster.  Geno Atkins makes his first appearance since missing the second half of last season due to his ACL injury.  This first action will give him, the Bengals, and fans a sense of where he is within his recovery and what to expect from Atkins going forward.  The Bengals will also be looking to give rookie running back Jeremy Hill some snaps with the first team, something he’s earned according to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

“He’s worthy of playing with those guys,”

The Bengals will be facing one of the NFL’s best teams who was relatively unheralded last year due to missing the playoffs despite their 10-6.  Accomplishing this record within a division that includes the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, a consistent Super Bowl contender in the San Francisco 49ers, and the always competitive St. Louis Rams is no easy feat.  It’ll be an exciting night for the team as they continue to establish their roster and hash out some of their issues against such a competitive opponent.  The Bengals should get used to it as they face several stout opponents in 2014 and that’s after having to battle through the physical AFC North.  Their last meeting with the Cardinals was back in 2011, a game which resulted in a 23-16 win for the Bengals.  Ironically the win that secured the Bengals first playoff appearance during the Andy Dalton era.

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