Bengals 2018 preseason schedule announced

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Bengals’ 2018 preseason schedule features a nationally televised game at Buffalo, home dates against Chicago and Indianapolis, plus a road game at Dallas.

The only preseason game whose exact date and kickoff time is presently known is the 4 p.m. game against Buffalo in Week 3 on Sunday, Aug. 26. The Bengals lead the Bills 6-5 in preseason. The teams last met in preseason in 2010, with the Bills winning 35-20 in Buffalo.

Dates and kickoff times for the other three games are to be announced later this month, and those games will be on the Bengals Preseason TV Network.

The preseason home opener will be during the weekend of Aug. 9-13, against Chicago. The Bengals and Bears last met in preseason in 2015, with Cincinnati winning 21-10 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals lead the all-time preseason series 6-3, including a 4-0 mark at home. The Bengals’ first game of any kind at Paul Brown Stadium was a 24-20 win over the Bears in preseason on Aug. 19, 2000.

The second preseason game at Dallas will be during the weekend of Aug. 16-20. The Cowboys and Bengals have met only twice before in preseason, with Dallas winning both contests. Their last preseason meeting came in 2013, with the Cowboys winning 24-18 in Dallas. The only other meeting was a 16-7 Cowboys victory in the 2010 Hall of Fame Game at Canton, Ohio.

The preseason finale against Indianapolis will be played on Aug. 30 or 31 at Paul Brown Stadium. The game will be the 26th preseason meeting between the two teams in the last 27 years, and the 27th meeting overall. The Bengals lead the series 16-10. Cincinnati vs. Indianapolis is the closest geographical rivalry among cities in the AFC, with a driving distance of 110 miles.

The regular season home schedule features AFC North Division rivals Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, along with the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos. Dates and kickoff times are yet to be determined.

Pending the announcement of the remaining dates and kickoff times, the 2018 Bengals preseason lines up as follows:

  • Week 1: CHICAGO at Paul Brown Stadium, weekend of Aug. 9-13
  • Week 2: @ Dallas, weekend of Aug. 16-20
  • Week 3: @ Buffalo, Sunday, Aug. 26, 4 p.m.
  • Week 4: INDIANAPOLIS at Paul Brown Stadium, Aug. 30 or 31

Information courtesy of Cincinnati Bengals.

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