Ultimately though, the Bengals’ goal Sunday won’t be to eliminate the Ravens from the playoffs. It will be to get the win and keep their momentum going as the enter the NFL playoffs.
Having won four of five games and clinched the AFC North, the Bengals want to keep winning and keep their confidence high as they look tow in their first postseason game in two decades:
“You always want to go into the playoffs hot,” defensive tackle Domata Peko said. “You never want to be a team that’s on the downfall going into the playoffs. You want to be on the rise. If we handle business this week, we’ll be one of those tough teams on the rise.
“We’re starting to click on all cylinders, man, and that’s what we want to see here in January, February, this time of year.”
There is some incentive for the Bengals to win this week. To gain the No. 2 seed, the Bengals need a win over the Ravens and a win the Buffalo Bills at New England.
It’s hard to see that happening, as Tom Brady holds a career record of 21–2 against the Bills with 53 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. While the chances are slim that the Pats will lose, Marvin Lewis plan on going all-out this week vs. the Ravens in order to get the team’s 11th win this year and finishing-off a perfect home record:
“Yes. Full-go, ” Lewis said when asked about playing his starters instead of resting them. “It’s a big game for us. We don’t know what it’ll mean until it’s over, and really not until later that evening, but we’re going to do everything we can to win.
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