Cincinnati Bengals avoid blackout

The Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) announced Thursday that this weekend's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) is officially a sellout. Therefore, the Bengals will avoid their first blackout of the season.

There were several issues that put this game at risk. First, the Reds are in the MLB playoffs and will compete with the Bengals with a home game Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Bengals are also struggling after losing to the previously-winless Cleveland Browns (1-3) and this week's matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers does not appear attractive.

But the Bengals overcame those factors and reached their 55th consecutive sellout. The game will be aired live in the Cincinnati area.