The NFL didn't do Taylor any favors by scheduling the season-opener at Seattle and putting the Bengals on the road in three of the first four and four of the first six games of the season. 

The Seahawks have won 10 straight home openers. But Taylor doesn't seem bothered. 

"We were going to have to open with somebody," Taylor said. "Everybody at this time of year is a good team, and they're looking to make their team better. So it's certainly a team that I've played a couple times the last couple years. They've played against me as well. So it will be a good challenge. It's a loud environment, great team, well coached. Those guys are physical and they play hard. So it will be an exciting first test for us."

One perceived perk on the schedule: There's no Thursday night game. Considered a nuisance by players due to short rest, the Bengals beat the Ravens in Week Two last season on a Thursday night. That was a good time to catch the weekday game, but it's not something the team has to deal with in 2019.