Marvin Lewis Is Leaving The Bengals After This Season

Marvin Lewis Is Leaving The Bengals After This Season

Ronald Pratt
December 18, 2017

Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater made his first in-game appearance since January 10, 2016 during mop-up duty against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. That would seem to indicate that he's the only one who is ready to move on, despite a 5-8 record going into Sunday that has led to reports he is on the hot seat with a frugal team that does not make coaching changes easily.

The Bengals would be the second team to be seeking a coach for 2018.

This game comes up at an interesting time for both head coaches in this matchup.

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The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that multiple members of the organization, including coaches, learned of Lewis' decision as they boarded a bus in Minneapolis for the Bengals' game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. If the NFL Playoffs started today, the Vikings would be the second seed in the NFC. Meaning the Bengals won't finish last in the AFC North. However, several things would need to happen. The Bengals just love hiring a familiar face. And finally, in the waning minutes of a thorough dismantling of the Cincinnati Bengals, Bridgewater got the call to return to pro football action. They will head to Green Bay on Saturday to face a Packers team that might not have much to play for after losing at Carolina in Aaron Rodgers' return, and they'll finish the regular season at home against Chicago on December 30. While several starters are still recovering from injuries.

The Vikings have allowed only one 100-yard receiver this season (Detroit's Marvin Jones), and Rhodes will look to continue that pattern Sunday when he likely matches up against a talented Green. While their former defensive coordinator is coaching a contender. Kickoff between the Bengals and Vikings is set for 1 PM Eastern time.