Bengals to open at home, only two prime time games scheduled in 2017
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Bengals will open the 2017 regular season at home for the first time since the 2009 season and have only two prime time games scheduled, both at home.
The Bengals will open the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. in Paul Brown Stadium against AFC North Division rival Baltimore, marking the third time in the last 6 seasons that they have faced the Ravens in the opener. The Bengals opened in Baltimore in 2012 and 2014.
They will then quickly turn around and play the first of two prime time games on Thursday, Sept. 14 when they host the Houston Texans at 8:25 p.m. It's the third straight year the Bengals will have faced the Texans in prime time after hosting them on a Monday night in 2015 and then playing in Houston on Christmas Eve last year.
The only other prime time game scheduled for 2017 comes on Monday, Dec. 4, when the Bengals host bitter AFC North Division rival Pittsburgh in an 8:30 p.m. game.
After the two home games to open the season, road games follow at Green Bay on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 4:25 p.m. and at AFC North foe Cleveland on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m.
The Bengals will then host Buffalo for the second straight season on Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. followed by their bye week.
After the bye the Bengals play at Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 1 pm., then host Indianapolis on Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. before they play three straight road games: at Jacksonville (Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m.); at Tennessee (Sunday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m.) and at Denver (Sunday, Nov. 19, at 4:25 p.m.).
Following those three straight on the road, the Bengals are at home for three straight games: Cleveland (Sunday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m.), the Monday Night game against Pittsburgh and then against Chicago (Sunday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m.).
The final three games have the Bengals playing at Minnesota on Sunday, Dec. 17, against Minnesota, then home against Detroit at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve day and at Baltimore at 1 p.m. on New Year's Eve Day.
This will the seventh time in the last eight seasons the Bengals will finish the season playing Baltimore.
Nine of the the final 11 games of the season are subject to flex scheduling with the only exceptions being the Monday Night game against Pittsburgh and the Christmas Eve day game against Detroit.
In the Bengals most recent home opener in 2009 they lost to the Denver Broncos 12-7 when Kyle Orton completed an 87-yard touchdown pass 11 seconds left to Brandon Stokely after the ball bounced off the hands of cornerback Leon Hall.
Here is the complete schedule, including preseason games:
- Fri. Aug. 11: TAMPA BAY (Local 12) 7:30 p.m.
- Sat. Aug. 19: KANSAS CITY (Local 12) 7 p.m.
- Sun. Aug. 27: at Washington (FOX) 4:30 p.m.
- Thurs. Aug. 31: at Indianapolis (Local 12) 7 p.m.
REGULAR SEASON GAMES
- Sun. Sept. 10: BALTIMORE 1 p.m.
- Thurs. Sept. 14: HOUSTON (NFL Network) 8:25 p.m.
- Sun. Sept. 24: at Green Bay 4:25 p.m.
- Sun. Oct. 1: at Cleveland 1 p.m.
- Sun. Oct. 8: BUFFALO* 1 p.m.
- Sun. Oct. 15: BYE
- Sun. Oct. 22: at Pittsburgh* 1 p.m.
- Sun. Oct. 29: INDIANAPOLIS* 1 p.m.
- Sun. Nov. 5: at Jacksonville* 1 p.m.
- Sun. Nov. 12: at Tennessee* 1 p.m.
- Sun. Nov. 19: at Denver* 4:25 p.m.
- Sun. Nov. 26: CLEVELAND* 1 p.m.
- Mon. Dec. 4: PITTSBURGH (ESPN) 8:30 p.m.
- Sun. Dec. 10: CHICAGO* 1 p.m.
- Sun. Dec. 17: at Minnesota* 1 p.m.
- Sun. Dec. 24: DETROIT 1 p.m.
- Sun. Dec. 31: at Baltimore* 1 p.m.
HOME GAMES IN CAPS
All times are Eastern.
An asterisk (*) denotes a game subject to flexible scheduling