Sep 25, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals fan in the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium. The 49ers won 13-8. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
After seeing all but two home games blacked out last year, Bengals fans everywhere can rejoice for at least this week, as they’ll be able to watch their hometown team play the in-state rival Cleveland Browns after the team announced this week’s home-opener is a sellout. The only two games the Bengals managed to sell-out last season was the week 10 showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers with first-place in the AFC North on the line, and the next one not coming until week 17 against the Ravens with a chance to clinch a playoff berth on the line. This game doesn’t have nearly as much importance as those two games, but nonetheless is a must-win, as starting 0-2 has proven to be crippling to NFL playoff chances.
The next game that still needs to be sold out is the Miami Dolphins game on October 7th, when the Bengals get a chance to play arguably the worst team in the NFL, and may prove to be the hardest game to sell-out this year.
On the injury front, RB Bernard Scott and DE Carlos Dunlap are both practicing today, and it looks as though they will make their 2012 debuts against the Browns on Sunday.