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Marvin -- the new Cowboys head coach? Ranking the Super Bowl teams

Pro Football Talk is back to their speculating ways. Now, without hearing it via the "NFL Grapevine", they are wondering if Marvin Lewis would be next in line to replace Bill Parcells in Dallas.

Though we've not recently heard this one on the NFL grapevine, there was talk in the past that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis could be a candidate to replace Bill Parcells, once Parcells packed it in.

Jerry Jones and Marvin Lewis. I just can't see that.

Page Two is ranking the Ultimate Super Rankings ranking the 80 Super Bowl participants The Bengals are ranked 69 and 62.

On the 1988 team (ranked 69)

One of the forgotten offensive powerhouses, the Bengals led the NFL in rushing yards behind the dangerous 1-2 punch of Ickey Woods and James Brooks, and Boomer Esiason was the NFL MVP with a league-leading 97.4 QB rating. The other weapon was wide receiver Eddie Brown, who averaged an amazing 24 yards per catch. But this Bengals team had a split personality. They allowed the second-most points of any playoff teams, and while three of Cincinnati's four losses were by seven or fewer points, the fourth was a 35-point defeat at Houston with home-field advantage and the playoffs still at stake. Cincinnati also has the distinction of losing to the team with the most defeats of any Super Bowl champion.

On the 1981 team (ranked 62)

The Bengals made a nice turnaround by doubling their win total from the previous season. Maybe it had something to do with the snazzy new uniforms the team introduced to replace the conservative attire the franchise had worn since its inaugural season in 1968. More likely, it involved the performances of Ken Anderson (98.4 QB rating, NFL MVP) and RB Pete Johnson, who both had career years. The Bengals held the NFL's highest-scoring team, the Chargers, to a single touchdown in the AFC Championship Game – the coldest contest in league history at minus-9 degrees with a wind chill of minus-59.