Bengals 2015 Regular Season Schedule Released
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals’ 2015 regular-season schedule was released today by the National Football League. Cincinnati, bidding for a fifth consecutive trip to the playoffs, is scheduled for four national prime-time games, tying a franchise record set previously in 1990 and 2007. Two of those contests will be at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Bengals will host Cleveland in an NFL Network game on Thurs., Nov. 5, and Houston will visit PBS the next week, for an ESPN contest on Mon., Nov. 16. The prime-time road games on the schedule are also in consecutive weeks, with Cincinnati to play at San Francisco on NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Dec. 20 and at Denver on ESPN on Mon., Dec. 28.
Among the four prime-time games, only the Sunday night contest at San Francisco is subject to possible flex scheduling by the NFL.
Including preseason, the Bengals will play a total of five prime-time games in 2015. The club visits Tampa Bay on Aug. 24 in an ESPN preseason contest. The total of five prime-time games including preseason also ties a franchise record. In 2007, Cincinnati also had one in preseason and four in the regular season.
The Bengals will open the regular season on the road for the sixth straight year, visiting Oakland at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sun., Sept. 13. It will be only the third Bengals season opener on the West Coast, joining a 1968 game at San Diego (first game in Bengals history) and a 1992 contest at Seattle.
Cincinnati’s home opener will be on Sun., Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. vs. San Diego.
“I say every year that we already have known all our home and road opponents for the year, but the four national games do stick out,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “It’s a compliment to our franchise, a challenge for the team, and exciting for our fans to have the two home games in November. The other thing you look at as a coach is closing the season against Baltimore, when you expect there could be a lot at stake.”
TV broadcasts of the Bengals’ four games on cable -- one in preseason and three in regular season -- will also be simulcast in Cincinnati by a local non-cable station, yet to be determined.
During a maximum of two weeks for the six-week period of Weeks 5-10, the NFL may choose to flex a Sunday afternoon game to Sunday night, with the originally scheduled Sunday night game moving to Sunday afternoon.
During Weeks 11-17, all Sunday games are subject to possible flex among the three standard kickoff times -- early afternoon, late afternoon and night.
CINCINNATI BENGALS 2015 SCHEDULE
All times are Eastern; home games in CAPS
An asterisk (*) denotes a game subject to possible flex scheduling.
REGULAR SEASON (day, date, opponent, time)
Sun., Sept. 13: at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 20: SAN DIEGO, 1 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 27: at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 4: KANSAS CITY, 1 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 11: SEATTLE, 1 p.m.*
Sun., Oct. 18: at Buffalo, 1 p.m.*
Sun., Oct. 25: (BYE WEEK)
Sun., Nov. 1: at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.*
Thurs., Nov. 5: CLEVELAND, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
Mon., Nov. 16: HOUSTON, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sun., Nov. 22: at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.*
Sun., Nov. 29: ST. LOUIS, 1 p.m.*
Sun., Dec. 6: at Cleveland, 1 p.m.*
Sun., Dec. 13: PITTSBURGH, 1 p.m.*
Sun., Dec. 20: at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*
Mon., Dec. 28: at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sun., Jan. 3: BALTIMORE, 1 p.m.*