Bengals should go all-out Sunday with caution

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Jan 1, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens line up during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals are returning to the playoffs for the third-straight season, but they are making the trip under different circumstances. Cincinnati went into the final week of the season with their playoff position secured last season after clinching a Wild Card berth with their Week 16 over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and were locked into the No. 6 seed.

This year, they’ve clinched the AFC North, but seeding-wise, there’s a lot at stake this week. To gain the No. 2 seed, the Bengals need a win over the Baltimore Ravens in their 1.p.m. game at Paul Brown Stadium afternoon and a win by 6-9 Buffalo in the 4:25 game at 11-4 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.  The Week 1 game of 2013 on  featured the Patriots narrowly defeating the Bills 23–21 on the final drive of a back-and-forth game.

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. “We’ve got to continue to push forward on offense, defense and special teams, in all three phases, and play better. We know we’re going to play a good football team that has a lot to play for, as we do as well.”"