The Cincinnati Bengals won’t be playing for anything other than respect and keeping momentum going heading into the NFL postseason when the face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Marvin Lewis has already said his team won’t be resting any starters, and it’s uncertain as to whether the Ravens will be resting their starters, as the only thing they can gain is moving up to the #3 seed, which isn’t much of a gain.
The Ravens did make news today by announcing that starting MLB Ray Lewis will be activated to the roster today, but will not play in the regular season finale Sunday, but they do expect him to play in the wild-card round. In the unlikely event that the New England Patriots lose at home Sunday to the Miami Dolphins and the Ravens win in Cincinnati, Baltimore would then clinch the #3 seed and host the Bengals in the wild-card round. That’s really the only chance the Bengals have to play Lewis for perhaps the final time, as the 17-year veteran is expected to heavily consider retiring this offseason.