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Monday, December 30, 2013
A look at the Bengals' 2014 opponents

By Coley Harvey

OK, so there's still life to the Cincinnati Bengals' 2013 season. But that doesn't mean it's too early to take a quick peek at 2014.

Since the Bengals won the AFC North, they know exactly who their opponents will be. As the top team in the division, they will face this year's No. 1 finishers in the AFC West and AFC East. They also are on the divisional rotation to face AFC South and NFC South teams. They will travel to two teams from each division, and host two teams from each division. This season, they were on a similar rotation with the AFC East and NFC North. Additionally, the Bengals will face each AFC North team twice.

Also, here's a list of the home and away opponents for the entire league in 2014.

Although dates for next year's schedule aren't yet known, here are the Bengals' opponents:
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cincinnati hosts the San Diego Chargers in the wild-card round of the playoffs at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. With a win against the Chargers, they would face the Patriots for the second time this year. If they get by them, depending upon how the other side of the bracket sets up, they could see Indianapolis for a second time this season, too. Denver also is in the playoffs, as are the Saints and Panthers. Ahead of any possible postseason games against any of those teams, here is how the Bengals have fared all-time against their 2014 field:

Ravens: 20-16

Browns: 43-38

Steelers: 53-34

Jaguars:11-8

Titans: 39-32-1

Broncos: 19-8

Falcons: 7-5

Panthers: 2-2

Texans: 3-3

Colts: 17-9

Patriots: 15-8

Saints: 6-6

Buccaneers: 7-3

... Now back to your regularly scheduled playoff programming.