- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Tip of the hat to the always outstanding ESPN Stats & Information team for putting together some notes about the 2013 schedule:
Hardest strength of schedule of any 2012 playoff team (.535 opponents win percentage).
2012 playoff rematches against Broncos (Week 1) and Patriots (Week 16), although the game against New England is in Baltimore this time.
Face the Steelers on "Monday Night Football" in Week 2. Cincinnati has lost 10 of 13 MNF games.
Second-most difficult schedule in December (.575 opponents win percentage).
Three-game homestand from Weeks 4 to 6 (Bengals, Bills, Lions) and three of final four games are on the road.
Face the Steelers in Week 17 for fourth straight season (0-3 in previous three seasons)
Bye in Week 5 (this is the third time in last 4 seasons they’ve had their bye in Week 5 or earlier)
Face the Browns in final game of regular season for fourth straight season (17-2 in last 19 games against the Browns)