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    2005 NFL Schedule Released

    No Monday Night Football for Bengals!

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    Bengals open quest on road

    4/13/2005 - 4-13-05, 2 p.m.
    BY GEOFF HOBSON The bad news for a Bengals’ team looking to get off to a quick start is that four of their first six games of the season are on the road.

    The good news is that none of those opponents had winning record at home last season and only the 9-7 Jaguars had a winning record overall in 2004.

    That Oct. 9 game in Jacksonville is the only prime-time game for the Bengals on a schedule the NFL released Wednesday featuring a Sept. 11 road opener in Cleveland against new Browns head coach Romeo Crennel and a Saturday Christmas Eve game against Buffalo that is part of a stretch in which Cincinnati plays two of its last three AFC North games at Paul Brown Stadium.

    The PBS opener is Sept. 18 against Minnesota with all home games Sundays at 1 p.m. this season.


    From a national exposure standpoint, the schedule is a surprise because the Bengals have no prime-time games at home and no Monday night games at all after a season they supplied the country with two entertaining wins. In their first prime-time appearance in five years, they sprung a last-play Sunday night win over the Dolphins. Then the Bengals rolled up 321 yards against the NFL’s top defense in a 23-10 win over Denver that marked the team’s return to Monday night after a 12-year absence. “Your schedule always presents its own set of challenges, and we’ll have to be ready to meet them early on the road,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “The good news is that by meeting that challenge, we gain an edge down the stretch with home field advantage. “I’m disappointed for our fans that we don’t have a national television game at home,” Lewis said. “We had two great nights at home last year, winning on Sunday and Monday night. But this schedule provides us our opportunities to earn those spots again next year.”

    But from a football standpoint, it could help the Bengals to their first play-off berth since 1990.

    Their toughest stretch starts Oct. 23, when they play six straight winning teams that include two each against the teams they need to beat to win the AFC North in the defending champion 15-1 Steelers and the 9-7 Ravens. But four of the games are at PBS, where the Bengals are 10-6 under Lewis.

    Plus, before back-to-back home games against Colts record-setting quarterback Peyton Manning Nov. 20 and Baltimore’s semi-annual grudge match with Lewis Nov. 27, the Bengals have their latest bye week in five years on Nov. 13.

    That comes one game after the half-way point of a season in which the Bengals play nine foes that went an even .500 in 2004. They don’t play a team with a winning record until they take on the Steelers at home Oct. 23. With Lewis emphasizing a fast start (he’s 5-9 in September and October games), they play teams that went a combined 63-65 last year in the first two months of the season.

    The Bengals open the preseason Friday, Aug. 12 at home game against two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England. It’s the first time the Bengals open with a home game since 1996. They close the pre-season on Friday Sept. 2 against the Colts at home, and ravel to Washington and Philadelphia on back-to-back Fridays, Aug. 19 and 26.
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    Re: 2005 NFL Schedule Released

    Sunday, Jan 1, 1 pm.

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    It's ridiculous that the Bengals didn't get more of a primetime presence but SF plays ARI on Sunday night? Can't wait for that one! And Dallas and Washington each get MNF spots? Ugh.

    At least the Bengals should start out quick.

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    Bengals face early road work in 2005 schedule

    Bengals face early road work

    By Chick Ludwig

    Dayton Daily News

    CINCINNATI | The NFL didn't do the Bengals many favors in the scheduling department for the 2005 season.

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    In addition to playing four of their first six games on the road, including the Sept. 11 opener at Cleveland, the Bengals were denied a spot on ABC's Monday Night Football and only get one prime-time game — an ESPN Sunday-nighter at Jacksonville on Oct. 9.

    The Bengals enjoyed two nationally televised home games in 2004 — beating Miami, 16-13, on Sunday, Sept. 19, and Denver, 23-10, on Monday, Oct. 25.

    The good news: The Bengals get a Week 10 bye (Nov. 13).

    The Bengals need the break to prepare for a crucial four-week stretch. They face Indianapolis before meeting AFC North Division foes Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cleveland in a row. The only road game in that span is Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh.

    Cincinnati will face four playoff teams — Pittsburgh (twice), Minnesota, Green Bay and Indianapolis — and four of those five games are at home.

    But the difficult early-season schedule, with road games at Cleveland, Chicago, Jacksonville and Tennessee sandwiched around home games against Minnesota (Sept. 18) and Houston (Oct. 2), puts pressure on the Bengals to avoid yet another slow start.

    "Your schedule always presents its own set of challenges, and we'll have to be ready to meet them early on the road," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. "The good news is that by meeting that challenge, we gain an edge down the stretch with home-field advantage.

    "I'm disappointed for our fans that we don't have a national television game at home. ... But this schedule provides us our opportunities to earn those spots again next year."

    Schedule odds and ends

    • Hot ticket: The Oct. 30 game against Green Bay features a possible final Cincinnati appearance by Packers future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.

    • Numbers game: The combined 2004 record of the Bengals' 2005 opponents is 134-122 (.523), including each division opponent twice.

    • Friday night lights: All four preseason games are on Friday night with home games against New England (Aug. 12) and Indianapolis (Sept. 2).

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    Ahhh, OK ABC. The Bengals give you one HELL of a Monday night game, and you reward them by not coming back.

    I am really upset by this. After that Sunday night game against Atlanta a couple years ago I knew they wouldn't be on national TV for awhile. They finally do get some exposure, do well, and then are thrown right back out.

    I'm all for having big matchups on Monday night, but I am also sick of seeing some teams have 4 monday night games per season.

    The AFC North is a pretty good rivalry division, and any one of the teams would make a good Monday night matchup.
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    Re: Bengals face early road work in 2005 schedule

    I agree.

    Here are the Monday Night games:

    Philadelphia at Atlanta
    Washington at Dallas
    Kansas City at Denver
    Green Bay at Carolina
    Pittsburgh at San Diego
    St. Louis at Indianapolis
    N.Y. Jets at Atlanta
    Baltimore at Pittsburgh
    Indianapolis at New England
    Dallas at Philadelphia
    Minnesota at Green Bay
    Pittsburgh at Indianapolis
    Seattle at Philadelphia
    New Orleans at Atlanta
    Green Bay at Baltimore
    New England at N.Y. Jets
    Washington at Philadelphia

    Number of times on MNF:

    Philadelphia: Four times
    Atlanta: Three times
    Washington: Two times
    Dallas: Two times
    Kansas City: One time
    Denver: One time
    Green Bay: Two times
    Carolina: One time
    Pittsburgh: Three times
    San Diego: One time
    St. Louis: One time
    Indianapolis: Three times
    N.Y. Jets: Two times
    Baltimore: Two times
    New England: Two times
    Minnesota: One time
    Seattle: One time
    New Orleans: One time
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    • Numbers game: The combined 2004 record of the Bengals' 2005 opponents is 134-122 (.523), including each division opponent twice.
    This sounds tough, but take away the two Pittsburgh (15-1) games, and their opponents' record changes to 104-120.

    I can't start to say how dissappointed I am about the Bengals not getting a MNF game and only one Sunday night game. Then again, they were 8-8, so I guess it would behoove them to post their first winning season in 15 years.

    Why all the love for Atlanta, who has three MNF appearances? And I also find it odd that NE has only two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macro
    Why all the love for Atlanta, who has three MNF appearances?
    Atlanta gets the Monday nights spots because of one player: Mike Vick. He's a player people will sit down to watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by StillFunkyB
    Ahhh, OK ABC. The Bengals give you one HELL of a Monday night game, and you reward them by not coming back.
    NFL sets the schedule, not the networks.

    I'm disappointed that they did not get a Monday night game but understand that they won't get one until they get to the playoffs.

    But how did the Saints get a Monday night game? Seriously.
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    I thought they were going to hold off before announcing the late season MNF games to avoid bad teams on prime time. Those New Orleans at Atlanta and Washington at Philly games have the potential to be awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reds/Flyers Fan
    I thought they were going to hold off before announcing the late season MNF games to avoid bad teams on prime time. Those New Orleans at Atlanta and Washington at Philly games have the potential to be awful.
    They are going to probably start doing that next year not this year. They are going to change those rules when the new TV contract starts which will be in 2006.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reds/Flyers Fan
    I thought they were going to hold off before announcing the late season MNF games to avoid bad teams on prime time. Those New Orleans at Atlanta and Washington at Philly games have the potential to be awful.
    I've heard that, too, but I think it was being discussed as part of the next TV deal rather than the current one.

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    Wow, I wonder if the NFL is trying to market Mike Vick this year.

    I was really hoping the league would allow Cincinnati to showcase the next great offensive triumverate (Palmer, Rudi, and Chad). And I gotta think Chad Johnson could be a very marketable fellow. Heck, his jersey is one of the hottest sellars in football.

    Oh well, I like the early schedule even though it's predominantly on the road. Hopefully Marvin can find a way to get over the September stumble.

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    Is it just me, or have too many of the MNF and Sunday Night games been stinkers in the latter part of the season? Good to see the decision-makers eating crow over their decision to shun the Bengals when they made out their primetime schedules.


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    Quote Originally Posted by macro
    Is it just me, or have too many of the MNF and Sunday Night games been stinkers in the latter part of the season? Good to see the decision-makers eating crow over their decision to shun the Bengals when they made out their primetime schedules.

    It's not just you. But who could have guessed these teams sucked the way they have? I was reading the Sporting News today and the writer was saying he doesn't envy ABC's and ESPN's PR people for having to promote this crap and longed for the Colts and Bengals.

    About the only thing you could do is set the schedule, leave the nights open and then select the night games a few weeks in advance. They could have put the San Diego Indy game on Monday night this week about a month ago. But I'm sure the networks will want these teams known in advance to sell advertising.

    I'm guessing the Bengals are going to get a lot of love as far as night games go next year. They have a great offense, and a charisma machine in Chad Johnson. You can always have them play the Steelers in prime time and viewers shouldn't be disappointed. I'm guessing they will play the Colts so there's another potential shootout. Possibly the Patriots too.If they play NFC East teams next year there is a Carson-Eli showdown. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Bengals will be a very attractive team to the networks for at least the next few years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R
    It's not just you. But who could have guessed these teams sucked the way they have? I was reading the Sporting News today and the writer was saying he doesn't envy ABC's and ESPN's PR people for having to promote this crap and longed for the Colts and Bengals.

    About the only thing you could do is set the schedule, leave the nights open and then select the night games a few weeks in advance. They could have put the San Diego Indy game on Monday night this week about a month ago. But I'm sure the networks will want these teams known in advance to sell advertising.

    I'm guessing the Bengals are going to get a lot of love as far as night games go next year. They have a great offense, and a charisma machine in Chad Johnson. You can always have them play the Steelers in prime time and viewers shouldn't be disappointed. I'm guessing they will play the Colts so there's another potential shootout. Possibly the Patriots too.If they play NFC East teams next year there is a Carson-Eli showdown. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Bengals will be a very attractive team to the networks for at least the next few years.

    NFC South and AFC West next year. Indy, KC, Tampa Bay, Denver, NO on the road. Atlanta, Carolina, San Diego, New England and Oakland at home. These opponents coupled with their regular AFC North competition will offer plenty of potential prime time appearances.
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