CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Bengals released their 2014 preseason schedule on Wednesday, and will face the Arizona Cardinals, led by former Bengals franchise quarterback Carson Palmer, in Glendale, Arizona for their “dress rehearsal” in Week 3.
NBC will feature the contest as part of their preseason Sunday Night Football coverage on Sunday, August 28 at 8:00 PM Eastern. It is the only game on the Bengals’ schedule that has been confirmed.
Cincinnati kicks off the preseason officially in Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Their next game is at home hosting the New York Jets. Then, the team travels to University of Phoenix Stadium to play the Cardinals. The Bengals’ preseason finale will be in Cincinnati against last year’s AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts. None of the dates or times for the other three games have been announced, though the earliest Cincinnati’s preseason could kick off would be August 7.
In games that matter, the Cincinnati Bengals hosted Carson Palmer when he was with the Oakland Raiders on November 25, 2012. The Bengals prevailed over the Raiders 34-10, sacked Palmer four times, and picked him off once. Going back to 1993, the Bengals are 1-1 against quarterbacks drafted by the franchise in the first three rounds.
Coley Harvey at ESPN reminds us that this is the first time since Paul Brown was alive that the Chiefs and Bengals have faced one another in the preseason, despite having met 27 times in the regular season with Cincinnati holding a 14-13 advantage.
The only team from Cincinnati’s preseason schedule that will be faced in the regular season is Indianapolis. In 2014, the Bengals will play the entire AFC South, which happened last time in 2011. At that time, in Week 6, the Bengals trounced the Colts 27-17 at Paul Brown Stadium. This year’s contest will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium. Dates and times will be announced later with some speculating as early as next week.