CINCINNATI - The Bengals' 2013 regular-season schedule was released Thursday by the National Football League.
For the second straight year, the schedule includes three national televised prime-time games -- one each on NBC (Sunday), ESPN (Monday) and NFL Network (Thursday). The Monday night game on ESPN will be the team's home opener against Pittsburgh on Sept. 16 at Paul Brown Stadium.
"It's exciting to know we'll open the home schedule against the Steelers on Monday night," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "We have had some great games against Pittsburgh the last few years, and the atmosphere should be tremendous. And of course I like having the last two at home, but we need to make sure we're in position to capitalize on that edge."
The Thursday night game on NFL Network will be on Oct. 31 at Miami. The Sunday night game on NBC is scheduled for Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh. The Dec. 15 game falls within the NFL's flex scheduling period (Weeks 11-17), when kickoff times are subject to change.
If the Bengals wind up playing Pittsburgh on both ESPN and NBC, it will mark the first time Cincinnati has ever played both games against a division foe in prime time.
For the fourth time in franchise history, the Bengals will open the home portion of their season with a prime-time game. Cincinnati also did so against Baltimore in 2007, Miami in 2004 and Houston in 1991. The Bengals went 2-1 in those matchups, losing only to Houston at Riverfront Stadium in ‘91.
Cincinnati's home schedule also features games against non-division opponents Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Indianapolis and Minnesota. With the exception of the Jets, all of those teams made the playoffs last season.
The Bengals will open the season on the road for the fourth straight year, visiting Chicago at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8. Cincinnati will play their last two games at home – against Minnesota and Baltimore – for only the second time in the last 16 seasons.
Broadcasts of the Bengals' two games on cable -- on ESPN and NFL Network -- will be simulcast in Cincinnati by a local non-cable station that is yet to be determined.
Season tickets are on sale can be ordered by calling the Bengals Ticket Hotline at 513-621-TDTD (8383) or visiting Bengals.com.
Below is the full 2013 schedule for the Cincinnati Bengals:
PRESEASON (day, date, opponent, time)
Thursday, Aug. 8: at Atlanta (ESPN), 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 17: TENNESSEE, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24: at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29: INDIANAPOLIS, 7 p.m.
REGULAR SEASON (day, date, opponent, time)
Sunday, Sept. 8: at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 16: PITTSBURGH, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Sept. 22: GREEN BAY, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29: at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6: NEW ENGLAND, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13: at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20: at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27: N.Y. JETS, 4:05 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 31: at Miami, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN)
Sunday, Nov. 10: at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17: CLEVELAND*, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24: BYE WEEK
Sunday, Dec. 1: at San Diego*, 4:25 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8: INDIANAPOLIS*, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15: at Pittsburgh*, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Dec. 22: MINNESOTA*, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 29: BALTIMORE*, 1 p.m.
An asterisk (*) denotes a game subject to flexible scheduling.