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Marvin Lewis relates to Dusty Baker

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Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis prepares for a game against the Houston Texans before the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Like Baker’s Reds, Lewis’ Bengals have had unprecedented success if you go off recent history. The Reds hadn’t been to the postseason since 1995, and the Bengals hadn’t made it there since 1991 before they finally broke through in 2005 in just Lewis’ third season as head coach.

But eventually, you have to take the next step, and Dusty failed to get the Reds over the hump as they failed to win a postseason series.

Lewis has yet to win a playoff game, and if he wants to get one this year while avoiding the same fate as Baker, he needs to get things turned around with his current team.

That starts Sunday against the 4-0 Patriots, and a win there could be a season-defining win if he can pull it off.

 

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