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Bengals 2012 Schedule Released – Open MNF at Baltimore

The Bengals 2012 regular-season schedule, released today by the National Football League, reflects the club’s profile as a young team coming off a 2011 playoff season. Cincinnati is scheduled for three national prime-time games — one each on NBC (Sunday), ESPN (Monday) and NFL Network (Thursday). The NBC Sunday night game, Oct. 21 vs. Pittsburgh, will be at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals will open the season on Monday night for only the second time in franchise history, visiting division rival Baltimore, the defending AFC North champion, at 7 p.m. on ESPN. In 2007, the Bengals hosted Baltimore in a Monday night season opener, winning 27-20.

The complete 2012 schedule follows:


Day Date Opponent Time Location
Fri Aug. 10 N.Y. JETS 7:30 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium
Thu. Aug. 16 at Atlanta 8 p.m. Georgia Dome
Fri.-Mon. Aug. 23 GREEN BAY 7 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium
Fri.-Sat. Aug. 30 at Indianapolis 7 p.m. Lucas Oil Stadium
Mon. Sept. 10 at Baltimore 7 p.m. M&T Bank Stadium
Sun. Sept. 16 CLEVELAND 1 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium
Sun. Sept. 23 at Washington 1 p.m. FedExField
Sun. Sept. 30 at Jacksonville 4:05 p.m. EverBank Field
Sun. Oct. 7 MIAMI 1 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium
Sun. Oct. 14 at Cleveland 1 p.m. Cleveland Browns Stadium
Sun. Oct. 21 PITTSBURGH 8:20 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium
Sun. Nov. 4 DENVER 1 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium
Sun. Nov. 11 N.Y. GIANTS 1 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium
Sun. Nov. 18 at Kansas City* 1 p.m. Arrowhead Stadium
Sun. Nov. 25 OAKLAND* 1 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium
Sun. Dec. 2 at San Diego* 4:15 p.m. Qualcomm Stadium
Sun. Dec. 9 DALLAS* 1 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium
Thu. Dec. 13 at Philadelphia 8:20 p.m. Lincoln Financial Field
Sun. Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh* 1 p.m. Heinz Field
Sun. Dec. 30 BALTIMORE* 1 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium
All times listed are Eastern
*Denotes a game subject to flexible scheduling

“We start the season with a great opportunity,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, “playing our division champion and AFC semifinalist (Baltimore) at their place. You never know at this point where the biggest challenges on a schedule are going to be, but obviously it looks like we also will have two very crucial division games to close the schedule.”

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