I am growing tired of all these analysts saying that Andy is not able to win in the playoffs but he is a very good quarterback in regular seasons. We have lost three consecutive wild card games with him at the helm but I keep saying this goes beyond our play caller and the playoffs.
We should talk about BIG GAMES. What is a big game? The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens (and somebody could add NATIONAL TV prime time games too). Those are the teams that we still fear the most and the ones that, no matter what record any team has, believe they can come to Cincinnati and wipe the floor with us. The all-time regular season series with the Pennsylvanians is 34-53, but Marvin Lewis' own one against them is 7-15. Again, 7-15, roughly .310 of success. Even when the team has won the division under him we have struggled mightly facing the Steelers, losing both home games (the latter was the Wild Card match) to them, 13-27 in the regular season, mind you. Only in 2009 we have won the two rivalry games and we also got the division title, although a worse QB led team again beat us in the Wild Card. These last three seasons which we have become the better team, we have only come us winners in two match ups out of 6 and the margin of our victories seem laughable when we compare to those of the Steelers when beating the Bengals.
Against the Ravens the all-time regular season record looks a little bit more encouraging but, still, 16-20, again under .500, but Marvin Lewis is indeed more victorious, owning a personal record of 12-10. But here's the fact, with Lewis coaching Cincy, the Bengals have only beaten Baltimore by more than a touchdown three times, but Ravens have crushed Cincinnati 4 times in 2 less wins. And going back to these last three seasons, the record is 2-4.
So my point here is, the Bengals are not proven big games winners and we should first identify this as our most concerning issue, rather than the playbook or other small things. We have to bring in winner mentality.