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Bengals facing first blackout in seven years

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By PFW staff

The Bengals' 2-7 start has been bad enough for Cincinnati fans. This Sunday, they won't be able to watch their team play on local TV.

The team is expected to announce Thursday that its Week 11 game against the Bills is not a sellout, according to PFW correspondent and Cincinnati Enquirer writer Joe Reedy.

It would end a streak of 57 games, in the regular season and postseason, that the Bengals had sellouts at Paul Brown Stadium. The last blackout was Nov. 9, 2003 against the Texans.

"Sales have been slow this week and not a lot of progress has been made. The pace has slowed considerably," ticket manager Andrew Brown told Reedy.

Brown said the only remaining game on the Bengals' home schedule that could sell out is against the Saints on Dec. 5, meaning the Ohio rivalry game against the Browns on Dec. 19 or the game against the high-flying Chargers on Dec. 26 would not sell out.

The way we see it

The Bengals have lost six consecutive games — all by eight points or less — and are in last place in the AFC North. The 1-8 Bills are the only AFC team with a worse record than the Bengals, helping explain why it has been a struggle to sell tickets. The fact that it has been seven years since the Bengals failed to sell out shows how much of a disappointment this season has been for a franchise that has had success this decade, including winning the division in 2009.

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