JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09: Coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals watches his team against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 9, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
If the Bengals pull off their third win in a row on Sunday in front of a home crowd, head coach Marvin Lewis will be tied with Sam Wyche as the winningest coach in the franchise's history with 64.
In eight seasons, Wyche coached the Bengals to a 64-68 overall record. In those eight seasons, Wyche coached the Bengals to the playoffs twice and took them to the Super Bowl after posting a 12-4 record in the 1988 season.
Lewis is now entering his ninth season as the Bengals head coach, making him the longest tenured head coach in franchise history. In his eight seasons and five games, Lewis has a 63-71-1 record. Like Wyche, Lewis has led the Bengals to two playoff performances, once in 2005 and again in 2009, but has failed to win a playoff game.
If the Bengals defeat the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Lewis will be tied with Wyche as the winningest coach in franchise history with 64 wins. Lewis has never defeated the Colts since he was named Bengals head coach and the Bengals haven't defeated the Colts in the regular season since Peyton Manning was drafted as the Colts' quarterback in 1998, losing seven straight.
The way that the Bengals have been playing in the last couple weeks and considering their schedule this season, I'd say it's a safe assumption that the Bengals will have a new winningest coach before we know it.