The release of the NFL schedule has become a national holiday of sorts for Cincinnati Bengals fans and fans across the NFL landscape. Unfortunately, Pro Football Talk reported earlier this week that the schedule release would be delayed.
Luckily, that delay has now come to an end and the full 2013 NFL schedule has been released.
Bengals fans already knew which teams Cincinnati would be playing and which games would be at home. The only remaining unknown factor was exactly when these games would take place.
Fans have been waiting with bated breath for the new schedule, anticipating travel plans to see their favorite team in action or finding out if their team would fill any prime-time slots.
Now, with the schedule finally upon us, we can begin to speculate exactly how difficult it will be for the Bengals to make a third consecutive trip to the postseason.
Before the unveiling, here are some notes on the Bengals' 2013 schedule.
Aside from their three divisional foes, the Bengals will have rematches against the Miami Dolphins (away) and the San Diego Chargers (away). Last season, the Bengals beat the Chargers, 20-13, but lost to the Dolphins, 13-17.
The Bengals will play six games against 2012 playoff teams this season. These games will consist of two against the Baltimore Ravens and one against the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts. Luckily for the Bengals, all of these games except for one against the Ravens will be played at home.
Finally, the Bengals will have seven games against opponents with winning records in 2012 and nine games versus opponents with losing records.
The overall 2012 record (divisional opponents' records counted twice) of all opponents that the Bengals will face in 2013 is 130-126.
Without further ado, here is the official Bengals 2013 regular-season schedule.
Note: Bold lettering denotes prime-time game.
Week 1: September 8, 1 p.m. ET at Chicago Bears on CBS
Week 2: September 16, 8:40 p.m. ET vs. Pittsburgh Steelers on ESPN
Week 3: September 22, 1 p.m. ET vs. Green Bay Packers on Fox
Week 4: September 29, 1 p.m. ET at Cleveland Browns on CBS
Week 5: October 6, 1 p.m. ET vs. New England Patriots on CBS
Week 6: October 13, 1 p.m. ET at Buffalo Bills on CBS
Week 7: October 20, 1 p.m. ET at Detroit Lions on CBS
Week 8: October 27, 4:05 p.m. ET vs. New York Jets on CBS
Week 9: October 31, 8:25 p.m. ET at Miami Dolphins on NFL Network
Week 10: November 10, 1 p.m. ET at Baltimore Ravens on CBS
Week 11: November 17, 1 p.m. ET vs. Cleveland Browns on CBS
Week 12: BYE
Week 13: December 1, 4:25 p.m. ET at San Diego Chargers on CBS
Week 14: December 8, 1 p.m. ET vs. Indianapolis Colts on CBS
Week 15: December 15, 8:30 p.m. ET at Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC
Week 16: December 22, 1 p.m. ET vs. Minnesota Vikings on Fox
Week 17: December 29, 1 p.m. ET vs. Baltimore Ravens on CBS