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Bengals won’t rest starters this week

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The Bengals are returning to the playoffs for the second straight season, but they are making the trip under different circumstances.

Cincinnati went into the final week of the season with their playoff position unsecured last season, which meant there was no question about resting starters ahead of a trip to Houston. The Bengals don’t know who they’ll play in the first weekend of the playoffs this season, but the fact that they have clinched raises the notion of pulling back on the throttle because you know there’s another game around the corner.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has faced that question twice before and he chose to rest players both times. The Bengals lost both those games, which might be part of the reason why Lewis is offering no holiday breaks this week. He asked reporters how well resting starters worked out in the past before explaining his rationale this time.

“I think it’s important for our team to play well,” Lewis said, via CBSSports.com. “We are going to play to win the football game. [We're playing for] improvement. Each and every time we go out. That’s what we have been doing since November 4th is working to play better every time we had an opportunity to play. We’ve done that, we need to keep doing that.”

The Bengals have won six of seven games and they’ve allowed just over 12 points a game during that span. Keeping that momentum going would seem to serve the Bengals well as they try to win a playoff game for the first time in more than 20 years.

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45 Responses to “Bengals won’t rest starters this week”
  1. justinbeard5 says: Dec 24, 2012 5:33 PM

    Wait, so they weren’t working toward getting better every time they had an opportunity to play before Nov. 4th?? I’m confused…

  2. mclovinib says: Dec 24, 2012 5:38 PM

    one n done…again

  3. texanfan62 says: Dec 24, 2012 5:43 PM

    Not if they play the Texans, they won’t be one n’ done.

  4. richiesaurus310 says: Dec 24, 2012 5:43 PM

    The need a #2 reciever to step up in order to make an unlikely deep run this year.

  5. bengalskuta82 says: Dec 24, 2012 5:48 PM

    Yeah smart move when u have a young team..The guys are feeling high right now because of their win against the Steelers..Keep the throttle down! Good idea so they don’t get carried away

  6. flyermb says: Dec 24, 2012 5:59 PM

    Smart move. Although there is risk of injury, I don’t like when teams sit their starters and lose momentum.

  7. whodeytn says: Dec 24, 2012 6:06 PM

    Jones is starting to come around

  8. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:08 PM

    Smart move.
    After scoring just three points against the Steelers’ “old and slow” defense, the Bengals’ offense could use the practice…

  9. steelersownyou says: Dec 24, 2012 6:35 PM

    The way the Steelers offense played, you could of rested your whole defense this week. Was definitely more we gave ya the game than the Bengals beat us. Merry Christmas Bengals. Love, Ben Roethlisberger..

  10. iamthefootballjerk says: Dec 24, 2012 6:37 PM

    How does running up against the Ravens second stringers knock the rust off again?

  11. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 24, 2012 6:39 PM

    It maybe in the bengals best interest to beat the crap out of the over rated , slow, and toasted ravens in case they face them again in the ravens Super Bowl. They need to remember the ravens always crap the Bed in the playoffs…regular season studs and playoff duds.

  12. bmore44 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:57 PM

    Green will be out after 2 nd QT. Ravens young guys are going to play ,and they want a job next yr.

  13. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 24, 2012 6:57 PM

    Heres one steeler fan thats in your corner( i refuse to wear that orange lol) and hope they stck it to those obnoxious ratbird fans. best of luck throughout the playoffs.

  14. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 24, 2012 6:59 PM

    stick

  15. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 24, 2012 7:23 PM

    Smart. I’m not a Bengals fan by any means but I’m impressed with Lewis’ patience and coaching through a tough time with an organization where many coaches would have either been fired or thrown in the towel. In fact, this Giants fan hopes he makes it to the Super Bowl.

  16. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 24, 2012 7:31 PM

    nofool:
    Did I read your post correctly? You actually think it’s possible for Bengals to play the Ravens again in the Super Bowl?
    Is that what you truly wrote?
    Watch football much?

  17. andrewproughcfe says: Dec 24, 2012 7:37 PM

    Cinci’s offense managed a total of 3 points without Ben’s boneheaded INT’s. Yeah, they’ve still got a lot of “getting better” to do if they want to win a playoff game this year. One thing’s for sure – they won’t be getting any Roethlisberger gifts in the playoffs.

  18. coachbeck says: Dec 24, 2012 8:01 PM

    Steelers are out so stop crying. Yes the offense needs to be better but you don’t need to be dominant when your defense plays this way. This defense matches up well vs any playoff team

  19. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 24, 2012 8:04 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Dec 24, 2012 7:31 PM
    nofool:
    Did I read your post correctly? You actually think it’s possible for Bengals to play the Ravens again in the Super Bowl?
    Is that what you truly wrote?
    Watch football much?

    3 3
    I realize bobzilla you are all things intellectual, but that is assuming you can read. The ravens Super Bowl is the AFC championship game as they never make the actual Super Bowl. By the way been watching football since the early sixties how about you? A little on the pompous side? Lighten up and have a nice holiday

  20. realskipbayless says: Dec 24, 2012 8:10 PM

    steelersfanfromtheseventies says:
    Dec 24, 2012 6:57 PM
    Heres one steeler fan thats in your corner( i refuse to wear that orange lol) and hope they stck it to those obnoxious ratbird fans. best of luck throughout the playoffs.

    Much props to steelersfanfromthe70s. I’ve seen you comment on plenty of stories and I have to say outta all the people on pft that has Steelers in the name you are the only one that ever has anything logical to say and your comments are actually worth reading.

  21. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 24, 2012 8:11 PM

    nofool…
    Merry Christmas!!!
    Thanks for noticing my superior intellect.
    Happy New Year!!!

  22. whodeydaytonchapter says: Dec 24, 2012 8:20 PM

    It is a good move. The O line needs to get some work in and improve in the run game. I’d like to see Boom get some carries. I’d also like to figure out if Jones, Tate, or Baby Hawk can get in a groove and claim that #2 spot.

  23. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 24, 2012 8:29 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Dec 24, 2012 8:11 PM
    nofool…
    Merry Christmas!!!
    Thanks for noticing my superior intellect.
    Happy New Year!!!

    0 0
    Did I say anything about superior…. Up to to the same old tricks mr zilla. You can still have your nice holiday on me. To you and yours a good next year and good health.

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 24, 2012 8:34 PM

    Would like to wish the long suffering Bengal fans good luck in the playoffs . With the exception of one Chatty Cathy your fans are very classy not like us rude, crude, and smart with a tude steeler fans. Seriously best wishes as you earned your spot. Beating us at Heinz to get in impressed me. Go bengals!

  25. voyager6 says: Dec 24, 2012 9:13 PM

    If you remember 2009, Marvin played the Jets twice in a row, once in the regular season, game #17, and then the next week in the wildcard game.

    Marvin let the team take a beating by not playing hard using first stringers in the first game and the Jets had psychological superiority in the second game and beat them worse.

    I think Marvin is afraid they will play the Ravens twice in a row or twice in three games. He doesn’t want to repeat his previous mistake.

    Just don’t get anyone hurt.

  26. anthonyverna says: Dec 24, 2012 9:21 PM

    It seems to work for Belichick, doesn’t it?

  27. robyesno says: Dec 24, 2012 10:15 PM

    I’m a Bengal’s fan and a Steeler’s fan. And Steeler’s fans are great, even when I wear my Bengals stuff. Being raised in western PA I understand what the Steeler’s represent. Their family and they reflect the attitude of the region – hardworking, tough, competitive and unflinching – win or lose. That’s obviously a characteristic that translates to the masses. There is a Steeler bar in just about every metropolitan city, and I dare say that everyone was not raised in Western PA. I’m a Bengals fan, too, because I respect the area I live in and like to support the team.

  28. ravenmuscle says: Dec 24, 2012 10:41 PM

    Obnoxious Stooler fans are watching the playoffs from their couches AGAIN. Their OLD and Feeble defense showed itself AGIAN on Sunday along with their INTERCEPTION machine for a quarterback

  29. mountaindont says: Dec 24, 2012 11:13 PM

    “Bengals won`t rest starters” ? The way things have gone for the Bengals for the last 20 years I would do exactly the opposite as they say.

  30. vottorific says: Dec 24, 2012 11:47 PM

    to bobzilla1001……..steelers old and slow defense is #1 in the nfl. RIGHT?

  31. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Dec 24, 2012 11:52 PM

    As a Broncos fan I hope the Colts do the same.

  32. randallflagg52 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:02 AM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 24, 2012 8:04 PM
    bobzilla1001 says:
    Dec 24, 2012 7:31 PM
    nofool:
    Did I read your post correctly? You actually think it’s possible for Bengals to play the Ravens again in the Super Bowl?
    Is that what you truly wrote?
    Watch football much?

    3 3
    I realize bobzilla you are all things intellectual, but that is assuming you can read. The ravens Super Bowl is the AFC championship game as they never make the actual Super Bowl. By the way been watching football since the early sixties how about you? A little on the pompous side? Lighten up and have a nice holiday

    ====================================

    Settle down gramps…

  33. straightrazor69 says: Dec 25, 2012 4:49 AM

    As a patriots fan i agree with this strategy. It seems that in recent history the teams that have to play for their playoff
    lives starting in around week fourteen have a definite edge in momentum and sharpness vs. the teams with a first round bye. IMO having home field advantage is a bigger plus than having the bye week. The last two times the Patriots had a first round bye it didn’t work out for them in the end. Better to get hot at the end and keep it rolling. BTW, nice to see the Bengals finally turning things around. Strong defensive front.

  34. joetoronto says: Dec 25, 2012 6:38 AM

    The Bungals are going nowhere with that noodle armed ginger at QB.

  35. adavids2000 says: Dec 25, 2012 7:17 AM

    bengals most likely go to patriots first round..win there somehow..then will go to texans..win and you are in afc championship game

  36. bonniebengal says: Dec 25, 2012 9:15 AM

    Robyesno: You cannot be a Bengals fan AND a Steelers fan.

  37. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 25, 2012 9:22 AM

    vottorific:
    I was being sarcastic, hence the reason the “old and slow” were in quotes.
    The Steelers have had the No. 1 defense for six of Roethlisberger’s nine seasons in the league; yet only two Super Bowl titles.
    A better offense might’ve produced a couple more world championships.

  38. samoanjungle says: Dec 25, 2012 9:52 AM

    Hmmm the fact that this game isn’t yet sold out wouldn’t have anything to do with Marvin’s “decision” would it?
    “Hard to sell tix if it is going to be like a preseason game” says Mike Brown.

  39. t8ertot says: Dec 25, 2012 10:05 AM

    “The way the Steelers offense played, you could of rested your whole defense this week. Was definitely more we gave ya the game than the Bengals beat us. Merry Christmas Bengals. Love, Ben Roethlisberger..”

    Typical Steeler fans can’t give credit where it’s due. Our team was better than yours. Own the loss.

  40. stevepea says: Dec 25, 2012 10:26 AM

    Nice to see three of the six AFC playoff teams represented be Ravens coaches.

  41. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 25, 2012 12:14 PM

    Bruce Arians was a Ravens coach?

  42. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 25, 2012 1:25 PM

    Typical Steeler fans can’t give credit where it’s due. Our team was better than yours. Own the loss.

    You need to read all posts carefully as I paid you guys a heart felt compliment…don’t get too confident you are new at winning…take it slow at first cuz it makes eating crow easier…just saying… Good luck!

  43. pacodawg says: Dec 25, 2012 6:03 PM

    Got the bengals at 100/1 to win it all, itc a lock

  44. stoptrippn says: Dec 26, 2012 12:37 PM

    Play Taylor Mays

  45. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 26, 2012 5:09 PM

    When did belichick coach the ravens?

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