Late Bengals TD sends Bills to playoffs and knocks out Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Preview and Prediction

On Monday, it appeared that little more had been cleared up.

After the Bengals' Randy Bullock made a 32-yard field goal, Moore returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards to the Bengals 8.

However, asked after Sunday's game if he wants to return to the Bengals next season, Lewis said, "Yes I want to coach this team". "I love to come here and they know what they're going to get when I come here". And if his direction is different than my direction, it's probably not good. "It's just another year for us to hear is all year until next season". "And I have to do a better job of coaching them". That part isn't perfectly clear, but that's the assumption. And from the outset, the Bengals played with more energy and enthusiasm.

The secondary surrendered a 49-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andy Dalton to Tyler Boyd on a fourth-and-12 in the final minute of the regular-season finale that gave the Bengals a 31-27 victory. He does not have a playoff victory, with a postseason record of 0-7.

The Cincinnati Bengals and Marvin Lewis just can't quit each other.

He said he spoke with the team's owner, Mike Brown, earlier Monday, but said it was strictly about the team.

Lewis said he is honored to remain in Cincinnati.

And then he paused for a moment.

"[Dalton] just threw a good pass between me and the safety", linebacker C.J. Mosley said of the game victor.

"The one thing we've been consistent on, since I began here, is staying on the same page".

Whoever replaces Thompson will have Mike McCarthy under contract through 2019, after Murphy said the coach was given a one-year extension during the season.

The Bengals have finished with a winning record under Lewis in just seven of his fifteen years with the team, and won the division just four times.

However, Flacco was forced to helplessly stand on the sideline as the Bengals picked the Ravens secondary apart on the game-winning drive.

Instead, Brown made a decision to stay the course and keep Lewis, who wanted more say over the coaching staff and the roster if he stayed. He denied them at the time and really never has expressed any interest in joining a front office, either in Cincinnati or elsewhere. His contract was expiring. Instead, he's gotten second and third chances - and now a 16th chance - to lead the Bengals to a postseason win. Lewis has the second-longest active coaching tenure in the National Football League, behind Bill Belichick's 18 seasons with New England. He's a head coach, but at the end of the day, he coaches the linebackers, so he's like another linebacker coach.

A big problem with Lewis' teams under are prime-time efforts. They're a mediocre team coming off back-to-back losing seasons that might also want to rebuild soon.

Watson, who sustained the injury during a non-contact play in practice, could return in some capacity for the Texans' organized team activities that span from mid-April until mid-June.

Marvin Lewis won't have to pack his bags.