The final preseason game is pretty infamous for teams not playing their starters. It makes all the sense in the world for an NFL team to give their players an extra bye week before the regular season starts, but from a casual fan’s point of view, it could be hard watching a game without players like Joe Mixon or Andy Dalton even suiting up.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t intrigue. Cincinnati still has plenty of players on the roster bubble fighting for their NFL livelihood. Whether it is the wide receivers looking for the final few spots on the roster or young linebackers looking to stay on the team, there will be plenty to watch.
Bengals fans should also be treated to plenty of reps from backup rookie quarterbacks Ryan Finley and Jake Dolegala. Both have looked impressive over the preseason. Jeff Driskel and Dolegala could also be playing for their chance to be the team’s third quarterback (if the Bengals even decide to keep three quarterbacks).
As for the Colts, there probably isn’t a more depressed fan base going into the 2019 season. They just got news that quarterback Andrew Luck isn’t coming back this season or ever. He retired following the teams last game as he was working to come back from an injury. The team already planned on sitting quarterback Jacoby Brissett before that news broke, so expect to see plenty of Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly.
As far as former Bengals we’ll get to see on the Colts, fans will be able to get a look at defensive lineman Margus Hunt. He was a second round pick by the Bengals in 2013. He was drafted based on the potential of his NFL strength, but the Bengals’ coaching staff was never able to turn him into the player they envisioned when drafting him so high. He had a career-high five sacks last season.
This is the last game that doesn’t count for the 2019 season, and it is probably the last time we will see most of these depth players spend extensive time playing offense and defense. This is also the last prime time game the Bengals play this season.
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (1-2) vs. Indianapolis Colts (0-3)
Date/Time: Aug. 29nd, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on the Bengals Preseason Network with broadcasters Mike Watts (play-by-play), Anthony Munoz (analyst) and Solomon Wilcots (sideline analyst). The network is led by flagship WKRC-TV (CBS Channel 12) in Cincinnati. Also on the network are WKEF-TV (ABC Ch. 22) in Dayton, WSYX-TV (ABC Ch. 6) in Columbus, WLIO-TV (FOX Ch. 8.2) in Lima, WDKY-TV FOX Ch. 56) in Lexington, Ky. and WDRB-TV (FOX Ch. 41) in Louisville, Ky.
Streaming options: NFL Game Pass or Bengals.com (in market)
Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Weather: Mid 70’s, clear/partly cloudy [NFL weather]
Odds: Bengals, -4 [Odds Shark]
Replays: Check local listings on NFL Network or NFL Game Pass
Rosters: Bengals | Colts
Depth Charts: Bengals | Colts