Bengals vs Chargers: One Player/Coach Who Needs To Step Up

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Here it is, the chance to finally get that elusive playoff win. The opportunity to do so could not be presented much better then it will be on Sunday. Playing at home, where they are 8-0 this season, against the 6th seed with a first-year head coach, who squeaked into the playoffs on an overtime win against the Chiefs B squad.

The lane is set, pins are up, and now this team has to knock them down. I know that many fans, myself included, have that uneasy feeling that somehow the Chargers come in and upsets a team that never seems ready to play when the big lights are on.

However, there is something different about this year’s Bengals squad, had it not been for a horrendous/fluky 1st quarter in Pittsburgh this Bengals team would be the talk of the media with a first round bye and destiny on their side.

It’s win or go home for the winter now, this Sunday several players and coaches will need to step up to ensure a trip to New England is in their agenda.

Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The one person who needs to step up the most is none other than head coach Marvin Lewis.

Lewis is about to close his 11th year as the Bengals head coach, only one coach has been with his team longer and that’s Bill Belichick who is in his 14th year. The difference of course is in the 11 seasons Marvin has been with the Bengals the Patriots have won 14 playoff games, been to four Super Bowls winning two of them.

When you look at it like that the comparison between the two is not comparable.  But Belichick has had Brady though right? Right, but Lewis hasn’t exactly had a revolving door at Quarterback with only Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton at the Helm.

I figure Matt Cassel and Ryan Fitzpatrick cancel each other out.  Bottom line is Belichick is a HOF coach and those don’t come around very often and if Marvin were to be let go by the Bengals he would be the hottest coach on the market.