Cincinnati Bengals schedule in 2022 packed with NFL prime-time games
The Cincinnati Bengals schedule for the 2022 season has been released and it’s packed full of prime-time games.
After winning the AFC in 2021 and advancing to Super Bowl 56, the Bengals earned their five appearances on national television. Cincinnati will face the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the various prime time windows.
The Bengals will play two games on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” and three of them will be at home. These five games set a franchise record for most primetime games awarded to the Bengals and is also the max number of primetime games a team can have scheduled.
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The NFL allows teams to get a sixth if their game is flexed into a prime-time window. A seventh game is allowed only if a team’s final regular-season finale is flexed into the window.
Bengals will face Tom Brady, avoid Thanksgiving and Christmas games
The Bengals will also play a few games in the late-afternoon window at 4:25 ET, including one against the Tom Brady led Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road, a rematch of the AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs at home and a rare cross -conference contest against the Cowboys in Dallas.
Cincinnati is free of games on Thanksgiving and Christmas days as the NFL will have several games on both holidays. Head coach Zac Taylor’s club will travel to Foxborough, Mass., for an AFC showdown with the New England Patriots.
The Bengals will open the season at Paul Brown Stadium against the Steelers at 1 pm for the first time in franchise history. Cincinnati will play three of their six games against AFC North teams on prime time as they embark on their quest to repeat as champions of the division.
Here is the Bengals’ full 2022 schedule:
Week 1: Sept 11; Pittsburgh Steelers; 1 pm ET; Paul Brown Stadium (CBS)
Week 2: Sept 18; @Dallas Cowboys; 4:25 pm ET.; AT&T Stadium (CBS)
Week 3: Sept 25; @New York Jets; 1 pm ET; MetLife Stadium (CBS)
Week 4: Sept 29; Miami Dolphins; 8:20pm ET; Paul Brown Stadium; * Thursday Night Football (Amazon Prime Video)
Week 5: Oct. 9; @Baltimore Ravens; 8:20pm ET.; M&T Bank Stadium *Sunday Night Football (NBC)
Week 6: Oct. 16; @New Orleans Saints; 1 pm ET.; Caesar’s Superdome (CBS)
Week 7: Oct. 23; Atlanta Falcons; 1 pmET ; Paul Brown Stadium (FOX)
Week 8: Oct. 31; @Cleveland Browns; 8:15pm ET; First Energy Stadium *Monday Night Football (ESPN)
Week 9: Nov 6; Carolina Panthers; 1 pm ET; Paul Brown Stadium (FOX)
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Nov 20; @Pittsburgh Steelers; 8:20pm ET.; Heinz Field * Sunday Night Football (NBC)
Week 12: Nov.27; @TennesseeTitans; 12 pm CT; Nissan Stadium (CBS)
Week 13: Dec 4; Kansas City Chiefs; 4:25pm ET; Paul Brown Stadium (CBS)
Week 14: Dec 11; Cleveland Browns; 1 pm ET; Paul Brown Stadium (CBS)
Week 15: Dec 18; @Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 4:25pm ET, Raymond James Stadium (CBS)
Week 16: Dec 24; @New England Patriots; 1: pm ET, Gillette Stadium (CBS)
Week 17: Jan 2; Buffalo Bills; 8:15 pm ET.; Paul Brown Stadium *Monday Night Football (ESPN)
Week 18: Jan 7/8: Baltimore Ravens; Paul Brown Stadium
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Bengals 2022 NFL schedule: Ravens, Steelers, Patriots in primetime