The day is finally here: NFL teams and fans know their schedules for the upcoming season. It doesn’t stir up as much excitement as the NFL Draft or the actual games itself, but schedule release week does at least give everyone a chance to analyze what will be happening for the upcoming season.
The Cincinnati Bengals’ 2020 schedule is as follows:
Week 1: vs. Los Angeles Chargers at 4:05 p.m. EST on Sept. 13
Week 2: at Cleveland Browns (TNF) on Sept. 17
Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles at 1:00 p.m. EST on Sept. 27
Week 4: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at 1:00 p.m. EST on Oct. 4
Week 5: at Baltimore Ravens at 1:00 p.m. EST on Oct. 11
Week 6: at Indianapolis Colts at 1:00 p.m. EST on Oct. 18
Week 7: vs. Cleveland Browns at 1:00 p.m. EST on Oct. 25
Week 8: vs. Tennessee Titans at 1:00 p.m. EST on Nov. 1
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers at 1:00 p.m. EST on Nov. 15
Week 11: at Washington Redskins at 1:00 p.m. EST on Nov. 22
Week 12: vs. New York Giants at 1:00 p.m. EST on Nov. 29
Week 13: at Miami Dolphins at 1:00 p.m. EST on Dec. 6
Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys at 1:00 p.m. EST on Dec. 13
Week 15: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (MNF) on Dec. 21
Week 16: at Houston Texans at 1:00 p.m. EST on Dec. 27
Week 17: vs. Baltimore Ravens at 1:00 p.m. EST on Jan. 3
There are two games that immediately pop out that should please Bengals fans.
The first game that stands out is the Bengals’ opening game at home against the Chargers. With the massive offseason additions that the Bengals have made, including the selection of Joe Burrow, Paul Brown Stadium is going to be filled to capacity with excitement that first weekend.
Second, playing the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football at home will be a huge contest. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a Monday night game, especially when it is facing off against a divisional rival like Pittsburgh. That game is going to be must-watch television.
As for the rest of the schedule, Thursday night games are always fun to have but the long streak of 1:00 p.m. games is also attractive for fans who enjoy afternoon football.
The Bengals have an exciting, young team that has the chance to pump out an above-.500 season.