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The Bengals Already Know Who They Are Playing Next Season

The 2016 slate features five playoff teams and six opponents who made the playoffs, including the top two AFC playoff seeds, Denver and New England.

Thanks to the Bengals' regular-season concluding win over the Ravens and a first-place finish in the AFC North Division, Cincinnati already knows who it's playing in 2016.

The NFL's annual rotating schedule has the Bengals playing next season against the AFC East and NFC East. They also play a first-place schedule, pitting them against other divisional champions. Plus, they have the annual home-and-home games against the AFC North teams.

The dates of each of next season's games will be determined in April when the NFL officially releases its full regular-season schedule.

For now, here's what we know about the Bengals' 2016 slate.

Home opponents: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens.

Road opponents: New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens.

In that group are five playoff teams and six opponents who made the playoffs: Washington, Denver, New England, Houston and Pittsburgh twice. This season, the Bengals played four teams that went to the playoffs.

According to ESPN, the Bengals will travel 5,211 miles to road games in 2016 after notching 9,272 road miles this season, and that includes a 2016 trip to London for a "home" game against Washington. Therefore, Cincinnati will have just seven actual home games at Paul Brown Stadium, which also makes the schedule tougher.


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