Authors: By JOE KAY
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals will play three prime time games - two of them on the road - in 2012, a reward for their unexpected playoff appearance last season.
Cincinnati opens and closes the regular season against the Ravens. The Bengals open in Baltimore on Monday night, Sept. 10, and finish the regular season at Paul Brown Stadium on Dec. 30 against the Ravens.
The Bengals also have prime time games on Sunday, Oct. 21 against Pittsburgh at home and on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Philadelphia. It's the most prime time games they've had since 2007, when they had four. The NFL is giving every team at least one prime time game this season.
Their final two games are at Pittsburgh and home against Baltimore, their two top AFC North rivals.