One of the first things that Bengals fans look for when their team’s schedule is released is how many primetime games there are. Entering the 2021 season, fans didn’t expect to have more than a handful of games under the lights due to the team winning just four games and last year’s schedule reflected that.
As some may remember, the stripes had just one primetime game on the schedule for 2021 and it was a Week 4 Thursday night game against the Jaguars. It was clearly put on the slate for primetime to pit Joe Burrow against Trevor Lawrence for the first time since Burrow’s LSU Tigers got the best of Lawrence’s Clemson Tigers in the National Championship in 2020.
Aside from that game, we didn’t see the Bengals in primetime in the 2021 regular season.
That won’t be the case this year.
How many times will we see the Bengals in primetime in 2022?
With the Bengals shocking the NFL world and making it to the Super Bowl in the 2021 season, fans knew the team would get more respect when it came to games under the lights this year. That was evidenced by the five primetime games on the schedule.
The first comes in Week 4 when, similar to last year, the stripes will play on Thursday Night Football. They’ll host the Miami Dolphins, who have made some big upgrades this offseason, including Tyreek Hill and Terron Armstead to name a few.
The next primetime game is a little over a week later on Sunday Night Football against the Ravens. Bengals fans might worry about the team appearing on Sunday Night Football due to past miserable experiences on that outlet but this young squad proved they’re not those old Bengals teams. This one’s on the road, though, which adds to the intimidation.
In Week 8, the Bengals are scheduled to head to Cleveland for a date with the Browns on Monday Night Football. If Deshaun Watson is eligible to play in that one, we’ll get our first glimpse of Joe Burrow vs. Watson.
In Week 11, the Bengals’ fourth primetime game of the year is also coming against an AFC North team, but this time, against the Steelers. They’ll head to Pittsburgh for a matchup on Sunday Night Football.
The final primetime game for Cincinnati comes in the second-to-last game of the season when they host the Bills on Monday Night Football. Seeing Burrow and Josh Allen go at it for the first time needs to be under the lights and fortunately, we’ll get to see that.
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After only receiving one primetime game in 2021, it’s nice to see the Cincinnati Bengals get the respect they deserve on this year’s slate.