Week 4 vs. Dolphins (8:25 EST) – Thursday Night Football
The first primetime game of the season will be a Thursday night game in Week 4 against the Dolphins. Miami loaded up this offseason, adding Tyreek Hill and Terron Armstead to their offense in the hopes that it’d help Tua Tagovailoa improve and be the franchise quarterback the ‘Fins need.
Tagovailoa went four picks after Burrow in the 2020 draft and to this point, hasn’t looked like a franchise quarterback. The two will square off for the first time in this Thursday night showdown and while the Dolphins added some help, they’re not going to be able to overcome a raucous Paul Brown Stadium.
Prediction: Bengals win 27-17 (3-1)
Week 5 @ Ravens (Oct. 9 — 8:25 EST) – Sunday Night Football
The first Sunday night game for the Bengals comes on the road in Baltimore, as they’ll face the Ravens for that big primetime battle. Not only will the Bengals have over a week to prepare for this one but this time, neither team can claim that injuries are why they lost.
Cincinnati beat up on the Ravens twice last year and yes, while injuries were a reason for Baltimore losing both of those games in embarrassing fashion, they’ll be out for revenge this time around.
Prediction: Bengals lose 31-28 (3-2)