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Bengals’ Schedule Breakdown

Posted by Matt on April 11, 2007

I wish I could say that this article had something to do with Bootsy Collins, above, but much to my dismay it does not. He, however, might be the only one wearing black and orange more flamboyant than Chad Johnson. Nonetheless, on to the schedule…

  1. 9/10: BALTIMORE
  2. 9/16: At Cleveland
  3. 9/23: At Seattle
  4. 10/1: NEW ENGLAND
  5. 10/7: BYE
  6. 10/14: At Kansas City
  7. 10/21: NEW YORK (Jets)
  8. 10/28: STEELERS
  9. 11/4: At Buffalo
  10. 11/11: At Baltimore
  11. 11/18: ARIZONA
  12. 11/25: TENNESSEE
  13. 12/2: At Pittsburgh
  14. 12/9: SAINT LOUIS
  15. 12/15: At San Francisco
  16. 12/23: CLEVELAND
  17. 12/30: At Miami

The Bengals kick off the season at home on Monday Night Football against 2006 AFC North champions and division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens. This is always a tough matchup as Baltimore looked strong last season and will only improve under quarterback Steve McNair’s second season and Willis McGahee’s arrival. The Bengals go from the old Browns to the new Browns to play the minor-league squad from Cleveland the second week of the season.

The Bengals’ schedule is more top heavy this season and not nearly as difficult as last season. It is always difficult playing the Steelers and Ravens twice, but we don’t get the Chargers or Colts on the road like last season. Unfortunately, however, 3 of the first 4 games are against Division Champions in Baltimore, Seattle, and New England.

Chris Henry will miss the toughest part of the season through the first 8 games that include Baltimore, Seattle, New England, Kansas City, New York (Jets), and Pittsburgh. However, the second half of the season is nothing to overlook with improving Tennessee and an always tough Pittsburgh. Hopefully, with Saint Louis, San Francisco, Cleveland, and Miami, the schedule down the stretch won’t be more than the Bengals can handle like the home stretch last year, in which they lost their last three (any of which had they won, would’ve put them in the playoffs).

The League, however, must see something they like in this Bengals team as they gave the Bengals the Monday Night Football opener, as well as a Week 4 Monday Night Football game against New England, a Sunday Night Football game against the Steeers in Week 13, and a Saturday Night Football game in Week 15 at the 49ers. That is a team record 2 Monday Night Football games and a grand total of 4 prime time games, or 25% of their 2007 season. Looks to be an exciting upcoming season!

That is all for now, look for the first part of “Condo’s ” three-part series outlining a mock draft for Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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