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Bengals play only 2 games outside the state of Ohio after October 27

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New head coach Zac Taylor should be happy to see the schedule the Cincinnati Bengals received. The Bengals will play only two games outside the state of Ohio after Oct. 27.

Looking at the Bengals’ schedule, they play the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 27. That game will take place in London.

Then, the Bengals will have their bye in Week 9. After that, they have five home games and one game in Cleveland against the Browns.

After their Oct. 27 game against the Rams, the Bengals will leave the state of Ohio just twice. Those two games will be played against the Raiders in Oakland in Week 11 and in Week 16 against the Miami Dolphins.

The first half of their schedule isn’t bad. They have only one game outside of the Eastern time zone. That game comes in Week 1 at the Seattle Seahawks.

The Bengals’ other three games on the road before their bye in Week 9 are against the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Baltimore Ravens.

Taylor will want to get on the right track in his first season as Cincinnati’s head coach. He’ll get a chance to make a huge statement by taking down the Seahawks in Week 1 in Seattle, one of the toughest places to play in the NFL. On a larger overall level, if Cincinnati can withstand the first half of the schedule and get into November with a decent record, the team’s relative lack of travel in the second half of the season could facilitate a playoff push.