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2013 Schedule: Two Bengals-Steelers games in prime time is NFL rarity

By John Breech |

Marvin Lewis' Bengals and Mike Tomlin's Steelers will meet under night skies in 2013. (USATSI)

Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who signed with the Bengals on Friday, is going to get two cracks at his old team in 2013 and they're both going to come at night.

The first part of that sentence refers to something rare -- a former Steeler signing with the Bengals -- but its the second part that's really rare: two division teams scheduled to play each other twice under the lights.

Both of the games between the Steelers and Bengals are scheduled for prime time, something that's only happened once since 1970, according to the Bengals' website.

In 1990, the Steelers and Oilers played two night games, in Week 2 and 17 marking the only other time two divisional rivals were scheduled to play both games at night.

But since the advent of flex scheduling in 2006, two other division series have had both games played at night. In 2011, the Cowboys and Giants played twice in prime time, with the second game -- played in Week 17 -- flexed there.

The same situation arose last season with the 49ers and Seahawks. The teams played each other twice in prime time after their Week 16 meeting was flexed to Sunday night. The 49ers and Seahawks also played Thursday night in Week 7.

The Steelers and Bengals are scheduled to meet on Monday Night Football in Week 2 and on Sunday Night Football in Week 15. Of course, thanks to flex scheduling, the Sunday night game could end up being on Sunday afternoon.

Keep your eye on everything NFL by following John Breech on Twitter @JohnBreech.

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