Cincinnati will finish out the first half of the schedule with three consecutive road games against Detroit (Oct. 17), Baltimore (Oct. 24) and the N.Y. Jets (Oct. 31), before hosting division rival Cleveland Browns (Nov. 7). That stretch, in addition to the Jacksonville contest, showcases five of the last six No. 1 overall draft picks — Burrow (2020), Lawrence (‘21), Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (’18), Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (‘17) and new Lions quarterback Jared Goff (’16).
After a Week 10 bye, Cincinnati is scheduled to play five of its remaining eight games at home. The second half of the season kicks off with a Nov. 21 road matchup against the Raiders, in what will be the franchise’s first-ever trip to Las Vegas. That will be followed by five home contests in six weeks — Pittsburgh (Nov. 28), the L.A. Chargers (Dec. 5), San Francisco (Dec. 12), Baltimore (Dec. 26) and Kansas City (Jan. 2). The lone road matchup in that stretch comes on Dec. 19 at Denver.
The regular season will wrap up on Jan. 9 with a trip to Cleveland.
This is the first change to the season structure since the 1978 campaign ushered in an era of 16 regular-season and four preseason games. With the league moving to a 17-game schedule, there will now only be three preseason games – a year after none were played because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Specific dates and times for two of the three preseason matchups are not yet set, but Cincinnati will kick off the exhibition games on the road against defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay, before hitting the road again the following week to take on Washington. The Bengals then return home for a nationally televised preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 29.
The Bengals are set to begin their offseason workout program Friday with rookie minicamp. They will then hold a total of 10 Organized Team Activities (OTAs) over three weeks from May 25-27, June 1-3 and June 7-10. The team’s mandatory minicamp will take place June 15-17.
Below is the complete schedule:
PRESEASON (day, date, opponent, time, TV network)
(day and date TBD), at Tampa Bay, (time TBD), Bengals Preseason TV Network
(day and date TBD), at Washington, (time TBD), Bengals Preseason TV Network
Sun., Aug. 29, MIAMI, 4 p.m., CBS
REGULAR SEASON (day, date, opponent, time, TV network)
Sun., Sept. 12, MINNESOTA, 1 p.m., FOX
Sun., Sept. 19, at Chicago, 1 p.m., FOX
Sun., Sept. 26, at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m., CBS
Thurs., Sept. 30, JACKSONVILLE, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network
Sun., Oct. 10, GREEN BAY, *1 p.m., FOX
Sun., Oct. 17, at Detroit, *1 p.m., FOX
Sun., Oct. 24, at Baltimore, *1 p.m., CBS
Sun., Oct. 31, at N.Y. Jets, *1 p.m., CBS
Sun., Nov. 7, CLEVELAND, *1 p.m., CBS
Sun., Nov. 14, — BYE —
Sun., Nov. 21, at Las Vegas, *4:05 p.m., CBS
Sun., Nov. 28, PITTSBURGH, *1 p.m., CBS
Sun., Dec. 5, L.A. CHARGERS, *1 p.m., FOX
Sun., Dec. 12, SAN FRANCISCO, *1 p.m., CBS
Sun., Dec. 19, at Denver, *4:05 p.m., CBS
Sun., Dec. 26, BALTIMORE, *1 p.m., CBS
Sun., Jan. 2, KANSAS CITY, *1 p.m., CBS
Sun., Jan. 9, at Cleveland, *1 p.m., CBS