Cincinnati Bengals deserve to be in primetime more often

Eli Apple, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Eli Apple, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

With the win over the Jaguars on Thursday Night Football, the Cincinnati Bengals‘ lone primetime game of the season is in the books. They felt like a team that’d be deserving of at least one other primetime affair — perhaps on Monday Night Football — but that didn’t end up happening.

It wasn’t hard to see why Bengals/Jaguars was picked for Thursday Night Football, as it pitted the last two No. 1 overall picks against each other (well, sorta) and it ended up being quite the battle.

After that game wrapped up, it was disappointing to think that could be the only time we see this Bengals squad in primetime this season. The offense has so many weapons and the defense has surprised a lot of people through the first four games of the season.

While some of the primetime games that are scheduled won’t be moved, there’s still a chance for the Bengals to get either bumped into a late afternoon slot or even Sunday Night Football if they continue to impress people.

Hopefully we see the Cincinnati Bengals under the lights again this year.

Games can’t be flexed out of Sunday Night Football until Week 11 and the Bengals play all three of their division rivals after that time so any of those games could be fair game to get flexed into primetime, especially the ones against the Ravens or Browns.

This, of course, depends on how Cincinnati continues to perform for the rest of the season. If they’re sitting under .500, they probably won’t be a candidate to get moved into the most important game of the weekend.

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It was surprising to see Cincinnati get just the lone primetime game when the schedule was released but maybe — just maybe — there’s a chance we’ll see them under the lights at least more time in the 2021 season.