CINCINNATI – Bengals defensive lineman D.J. Reader said it best during his Tuesday press conference.

“You gotta show up for primetime,” Reader said when asked about the excitement of playing more primetime games in 2022. “If you’re not excited about that, then c’mon man, what’re you playing for?”

He’s right. Primetime NFL games should get everyone’s heart rate up. In a good way, of course.

So, without further ado, let’s go ahead and take a stab at guessing three of the Bengals’ primetime games in 2022.

3. Bills at Bengals

This potential matchup would not only feature two of the league’s premier quarterbacks in Josh Allen and Joe Burrow, but it’d also pit the reigning AFC champs against the team currently favored to win Super Bowl LVII.

Paul Brown stadium will be rockin’ for this one and the NFL knows that, which is why they’ll make this a matchup for the whole country to watch.

2. Chiefs at Bengals

This one is simple. Both Chiefs-Bengals matchups were absolute thrillers last year. We saw the Bengals come back from double-digit halftime deficits in both matchups and the AFC Championship went to overtime. Both games were also won on the leg of Evan McPherson, with the Week 17 matchup being a last-second game-winning field goal.

A third bout would not only feed the hype machine that is the NFL, but you know the Chiefs are going to come out swinging as hard as they can. And, we know the Bengals will be ready for them.

It doesn’t get much better unless it’s…

1. Bengals at Buccaneers

Yep. This is easily the best matchup on the Bengals’ upcoming schedule.

This game represents arguably the one chance the NFL will have at airing a Tom Brady-Burrow showdown on primetime. No one knows if Brady keeps playing after 2022, therefore, the NFL has to immediately take advantage of this year’s matchup.

This game goes beyond Brady and Burrow, however. Premier matchups in regard to player positions are all across the board. The Bengals receivers vs. the Bucs secondary, the Bengals’ revamped offensive line vs. the Buccaneers front seven, and two bookend tackles in Donovan Smith and Tristan Wirfs going against one of the NFL’s better pass rushing duos in Sam Hubbard and Trey Hendrickson. Plus many, many more.

Throw in an electric Raymond James Stadium and it’s easy to see why this is the easiest primetime game to predict on the Bengals’ 2022 schedule.

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