The Bengals 2017 regular season schedule is highlighted by two home prime time games, including one vs. Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football.
Be prepared, Bengals fans, because the first three weeks of the 2017 regular season is brutal.
The season starts with an AFC North division contest at home against the Baltimore Ravens. Week 2 doesn’t get any easier, as the Orange and Black have a clash with the AFC South champion Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football.
Then the Bengals have to travel to Green Bay in Week 3 to take on the NFC North division champion Packers. Here’s a look at the full schedule:
Cincinnati’s 2017 regular season schedule
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Week 1: vs Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. Sept. 10
Week 2: vs. Houston Texans, 8:25 p.m. Sept. 14
Week 3: @ Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. Sept. 24
Week 4: @ Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. Oct. 1
Week 5: vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. Oct. 8
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. Oct 22
Week 8: vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. Oct. 29
Week 9: @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. Nov. 5
Week 10: @ Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. Nov. 12
Week 11: @ Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. Nov. 19
Week 12: vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. Nov. 26
Week 13: vs, Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:25 p.m. Dec. 4 (ESPN MNF)
Week 14: vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. Dec. 10
Week 15: @ Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., Dec. 17
Week 16: vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. Dec 24
Week 17: @ Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. Dec. 31
*All times Eastern
Highlights of the season
The Bengals were lucky enough to draw not one, but “two” prime time games this season; one against the Texans in Week 2, and the other a mammoth Monday night match up with the despised Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13.
The two prime time contests shine through as games to circle on the schedule because you know the Jungle will be roarin’ under the lights. We know how heated the rivalry with the Steelers has been over the years and we can only hope that the MNF contest will be another memorable matchup at a pivotal point in the season.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis seems optimistic about the quick start to the season.
"“We have the opportunity to get off to a fast start with back-to-back home games to open the season,” Lewis said to Bengals.com. “It will be a challenge playing three road games in a row in November, but I’m excited to close the season with four of our last six games at home.”"
The Bengals toughest stretch comes in the variety of four-of-five road games, including three-straight, from weeks 7-11. The road stretch starts with Pittsburgh and ends with Denver.
If the Bengals can become road warriors, and make it through the tough stretch, they could very well be looking at a possible division championship and a return to the playoffs in 2017.
Wins: Ravens, Texans, Browns, Bills, Jaguars, Steelers (MNF), Browns, Bills, Lions, Ravens
Losses: Packers, Steelers, Colts, Titans, Broncos, Vikings
I think the Bengals have a really tough schedule to start, but also have a lot of games, that at least on paper, look like easy wins. I see the Bengals getting off to a hot start, winning four of the first five, losing only to the Packers over that stretch.
Cincinnati will hit a road block in the middle of the season but will finish strong at the end to make the playoffs as a Wild Card at 10-6. According to CBS Sports, the Bengals have the fourth-easiest schedule in the NFL.
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