Today at his press conference, Lewis wouldn’t talk too much bout his plans for their finale against Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium, but did say he’s learned from those past playoff losses, even saying at one point when asked if he would rest his starters:
How’d that work out for us?’ I don’t really have any beat-up guys. So, the only thing that is at stake is you go out and play to win the game every time we go. That’s important. We didn’t kick the season off very good, and now we get to finish it at home. We don’t know who we will play (in the playoffs) or where. We just have to take it on ourselves. More in focus, though, is the Baltimore Ravens. They are a good team that just won our division and a team that beat the snot out of us in the first game.
The New England Patriots currently are the #3 seed, which would put the Bengals in line for a first-round game at New England against a Patriots team that had won seven straight games before last week’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Four of the games the Pats won by a margin of at least 28 points while Tom Brady threw for 19 touchdowns and just one interception. That may not be the most favorable team to open the postseason against.
If the Ravens beat the Bengals on Sunday and New England loses at home to Miami, Baltimore would move into the third seed and host Cincinnati in the first round. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if the Bengals rest their starters Sunday after all.