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 prime-time 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.
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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 p.m. ET; AT&T Stadium (CBS)
Week 3: Sept. 25; @New York Jets; 1 pm ET; MetLife Stadium (CBS)
Week 4: Sept. 29; Miami Dolphins; 8:20 p.m. ET; Paul Brown Stadium; *Thursday Night Football (Amazon Prime Video)
Week 5: Oct. 9; @Baltimore Ravens; 8:20 p.m. ET; M&T Bank Stadium *Sunday Night Football (NBC)
Week 6: Oct. 16; @New Orleans Saints; 1 pm ET; Caesars Superdome (CBS)
Week 7: Oct. 23; Atlanta Falcons; 1 pmET; Paul Brown Stadium (FOX)
Week 8: Oct. 31; @Cleveland Browns; 8:15 p.m. ET; FirstEnergy 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; 8:20 p.m. ET; Heinz Field * Sunday Night Football (NBC)
Week 12: Nov.27; @Tennessee Titans; 12 µm CT; Nissan Stadium (CBS)
Week 13: Dec. 4; Kansas City Chiefs; 4:25 p.m. 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; 4:25 p.m. 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 p.m. 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