Before we dive into some Week 15 action, it looks like Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis is “planning to leave the team” after this season to see what other options are out there for him. Marvin Lewis has been the Bengals head coach for 15 seasons and is the longest tenured coach in the franchise’s 50 year history. Lewis is the second longest tenured coach in the league behind Bill Belichick. And at face value, with a career 123-11 regular season record, that is above average.
But being average or even slightly above average does not come close to cutting it in this league and should definitely not allow a man to coach the same team for 15 years. Lewis has 7 career playoff appearances. He has lost all of them. If I were a Cincinnati Bengals fan I would have been calling for Marvin Lewis’ head about 5 years ago when after a promising 11-5 record, they got blown out by the Chargers at home in the first round of the playoffs.
But owner Mike Brown gave him the opportunity to go back at it in 2014 and the same thing happened, but this time they got blown out in the first round by the Colts. In 2015 Lewis actually coached the team to a 12-4 record, his best as a head coach but again would lose at home in the first round to the Steelers. They have yet to make the playoffs since.
This was a long time coming for the Bengals and Marvin Lewis. 8 of Lewis’ 15 seasons the Bengals won 8 or fewer games. If you haven’t gotten it by now, the Bengals are a joke and Lewis will never be a great coach. There is way too big of a sample size here but you can be sure as shit Lewis will be coaching somewhere next season. I’d bet it is as a head coach but with these new young coaches coming in doing big things like Sean McVay in Los Angeles, I would not be surprised if Lewis is stuck with a Defensive Coordinator position. Lewis did win a Super Bowl as the Defensive Coordinator with the Ravens in 2000 where he coached arguably the greatest defense the sport has seen.
I have been looking forward to this day since the second the Patriots Dolphins game ended last Monday night. December football is almost as good as January football and today we have some awesome games. The 1:00 game that should be on everybody’s TV screen is the game in Charlotte as the Carolina Panthers host the Green Bay Packers. I am extremely interested in seeing what Aaron Rodgers is going to look like today after missing the last 8 games with a broken collarbone. According to Bleacher Report, the bone isn’t even 100 % healed. In my opinion, even with a healthy Aaron Rodgers I don’t think the Packers are good enough to win it all. I would not risk throwing my franchise QB out there unless he is 100%. Especially not against a Carolina defense with guys like Mario Addison, Julius Peppers, Kawann Short and Luke Kuechly. I like Carolina in this one 30-23.
The other 1:00 game that is piquing my interest is the Giants hosting the Wentz-less Eagles. Not that playing a good game against the low life Giants will necessarily prove anything, but Nick Foles needs confidence. Nick Foles needs to have a good game here for the Eagles to continue to feel positive moving forward. If Foles does has a poor game today in East Rutherford, than any confident Eagles fan would simply be blindly optimistic.
We have an awesome 4:05 game in Seattle where the Seahawks host the Rams. After a tough loss last week for the Seahawks in Jacksonville, a win here will put them in sole possession of first place in the NFC West as they have already beaten the Rams 16-10 this year back in Week 5. This is a great Rams team though with Jared Goff playing some awesome football proving to America why he was worthy of being drafted first overall. This is going to be a high scoring game, I believe whichever quarterback has the ball last will win this game. With more experience though and playing at home, I like Seattle to win this game 35-30.
Lastly, the game of the week, the New England Patriots are heading to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburg Steelers in a game which will likely decide who wins home field advantage in the AFC. I am being perfectly honest here, as a Patriots fan I am not worried. The Patriots have obviously dominated the Steelers in the Brady Belichick era. In 12 career games against the Steelers (9 regular season, 3 post season), Brady is 10-2 against them, completing 70% of his passes, throwing for 3,532 yards and throwing 29 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions. Those are the kinds of numbers that make Steelers fans want to throw up and jump off a bridge and the kind of numbers Patriots fans get off to.
Yea, to quote Bill Belichick, what happened 7 or 8 years ago or even last year when the Patriots spanked the Steelers twice has no merit on today. I get that any past game the Patriots have played against the Steelers doesn’t necessarily do either team any good. But a banged up Steelers defense is going to get lit up like a Christmas tree today. And I can’t wait. Cheers and Happy Sunday!