The NFL has announced that the Nov. 22 Bengals at Arizona game, originally scheduled for 4:05 p.m., has been flexed into the national prime-time slot at 8:30 p.m. on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
The Bengals currently are unbeaten at 7-0, leading the AFC North Division, and Arizona leads the NFC West at 6-2.
The Bengals now are scheduled for five national prime-time games on the season, beginning Thursday night vs. Cleveland on NFL Network.
Five games would be a franchise record, breaking the total of four set previously in 1990 and 2007. The Bengals scheduled Sunday night game on Dec. 20 at San Francisco, however, remains subject to a possible flex into an afternoon slot, as do all remaining Sunday night games beyond Nov. 22.
The other two Bengals prime-time games scheduled this season, Mon., Nov. 16 vs. Houston and Mon., Dec. 28 at Denver, are not subject to flex scheduling.
“We welcome the opportunity to have another national night appearance with the Arizona game,” said Bengals vice-president Katie Blackburn. “Our fans enjoy the extra showcase, and it provides another higher-profile test for the team as we continue the bid for another playoff berth.”
The Bengals also played a prime-time game this year in preseason, and a total of six games including preseason would also be a new franchise record. The Bengals had five total prime-time games in 2007, one in preseason and four in the regular season.