The NFL announced last night that the Bengals-Jets game next Sunday will be moved from a 1:00 PM kick on CBS to an 8:30 PM kick on NBC. It will be the first nationally televised primetime game of the season for the Bengals.
The match-up warrants national attention for a number of reasons. The Jets will be playing their last regular season game at The Meadowlands, as they will be moving to a new stadium next year. In addition, the Jets will be playing for their playoff lives; if they win the game, they will clinch one of the two AFC wildcard playoff spots. As for the Bengals, they have already punched their postseason ticket but could be playing for the number 3 seed in the AFC playoff picture if New England loses at Houston.
The Bengals have never won at the Meadowlands versus the Giants or the Jets and this will be their last chance. They will also be looking to head into the playoffs with a victory. When asked if he’d prefer to rest the last game with a playoff spot sewn up, Carson Palmer said, “Not at all…We’d like to be the third seed. You want to go into the playoffs with as good a position as you can …”
This will be only the second time the Bengals have played on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. The Bengals lost at Pittsburgh in their first appearance on November 20, 2007.
The Eagles at Cowboys game originally slated for the slot was pushed back to a 4:15 kick on Fox.