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.
That would be a very nice accomplishment, and I believe both Lewis and his players want that and will go all-out to get it, but they won’t risk anyone’s health to do so.
I don’t think anyone that’s dealing with a significant injury that could be aggravated further by playing Sunday will play. That means no Tyler Eifert, and likely no Jermaine Gresham who has ham as tender as the one I ate for Christmas dinner.
At the end of the day, I thin the Bengals can actually win without either of their top-2 tight ends or a starting cornerback, and while Pro Bowler Vontaze Burfitct is dealing with a concussion, he sounds like he’s ready to play.
The only different approach I think Lewis should take this week is taking Burfict out more and giving Vincent Rey and Jayson DiManche more snaps. We Know Rey is a capable starter at either the weakside or in the middle, but we haven’t seen much of DiManche.
Let’s see what the rookie is made of in his final regular season game. Same with safety Shawn Williams. Let’s see more of him this Sunday in Chris Corcker and/or Geroge Iloka’s spots.