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Bengals Open Season Monday Against Ravens

This Monday night’s game is the biggest season opener in Bengals history. Why? Here are just a few reasons:

  • Consider that the Ravens and Bengals have been ranked 1-2 or 2-1 in numerous published AFC North forecasts.
  • Note that the Bengals have never before opened the season against the defending champion of their division.
  • Recall that Baltimore comes off a 13-3 season, best previous-year finish for any opening Bengals foe in the era of 16-game schedules.
  • Feel the hunger of a Bengals team that has chased hard for playoff wins the last two seasons but has come up short.
  • Be aware that Bengals fans, frankly, aren’t real fond of the Ravens.
  • Ponder the 29th straight sellout at Paul Brown Stadium.
  • And Monday, of course, feel the buzz of ESPN in town, for the first Monday Night season opener in Bengals history.”We’ve known all along that Sept. 10 is the day we’ve been planning for,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. “We have no excuses about anything, and now it’s time to see how we can focus and perform.”TELEVISION: Monday’s game is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff and will be televised live on ESPN HD. In Cincinnati, the ESPN broadcast also will be aired by WKRC-TV (Channel 12), the Bengals preseason flagship station.

    RADIO: The game can also be heard locally on Clear Channel flagship radio stations 700 WLW, 1530 Homer The Sports Animal (WCKY-AM) and 92.5 The Fox (WOFX-FM). Click here to see the complete listing of 2007 Bengals Radio Affiliates.

    Bengals-Ravens Notes:

    • The Ravens lead the overall series, 13-9, but the Bengals lead 6-5 in games in Cincinnati.
    • The Bengals have won four of the last five games overall, including the most recent meeting, 13-7 at Paul Brown Stadium on Nov. 30 of last season.
    • The Bengals have made 25 previous appearances on Monday Night Football. Cincinnati’s all-time MNF record is 8-17.
    • T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s career-high of 171 receiving yards in a game came in 2004 at Baltimore.
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