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Bengals Bytes (1/1): Did Marvin Lewis save his job?

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Marvin Lewis may have saved his job thanks to the Bengals’ two-straight wins to end the season, which ended the playoff dreams of Baltimore and Detroit.

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Bengals stun Ravens, 31-27; Dalton to Boyd with 44 seconds left
On fourth-and-12 with 49 seconds left the and the Ravens one snap from the postseason, the Bengals rehabbed offensive line stood up, gave quarterback Andy Dalton enough time and Dalton fired a 49-yard laser to slot receiver Tyler Boyd down the seam and he outran the secondary to put the Bills in the postseason and give the Bengals one of their most improbable wins ever.

Marvin Lewis wants to coach Cincinnati Bengals in 2018
Marvin Lewis capped off a week of rumors regarding his future with a comeback victory over his former team, but offered no definitive word on whether he will be coaching next season. The Bengals battled for the embattled coach down the stretch, winning their final two games over playoff hopefuls after scoring just 14 points combined in their previous two losses.

Buffalo Bills celebrate playoff berth, thank Cincinnati Bengals
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Quick hiits: Lewis says he'd like to be back; Boyd silences city
If this was Marvin Lewis’ last game as Bengals head coach, no one could tell in the wake of the stunning 31-27 victory over the Ravens secured on Andy Dalton’s fourth-and-12 TD pass that that went for a 49-yard catch-and-run to wide receiver Tyler Boyd.

Marvin Lewis says his future as Cincinnati Bengals coach is 'complicated'
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Cincinnati Bengals' last-place offense held team back in 2017
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AFC North Bytes

Woe and 16: Browns go winless after 28-24 loss to Steelers
There were signs of progress, as there has been all season. Just not enough to produce something resembling consistently competent football. The Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to go winless during a 16-game season when they couldn't overcome Pittsburgh's backups or the kind of mistakes that have become their trademark during a turnaround that's been stuck in neutral for 10 years.

Patriots, Vikings, Steelers favorites in Las Vegas to win Super Bowl LII
The Patriots are 2-1 at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. The Minnesota Vikings, who are hosting this year's Super Bowl, are next at 4-1, despite being the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers are 9-2, followed by Kansas Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars at 20-1 in the AFC.

Jimmy Haslam sees Hue Jackson going from 0-16 goat to future hero
One play from the game epitomized the Browns' season. They had fought back from a 21-7 deficit and trailed 28-24 with 1:54 left. Kizer somehow avoided a Steelers rush on fourth-and-2 at the Steelers 27, moved left and found Corey Coleman wide open at the 11. It was an excellent play by Kizer, who dropped the ball right to Coleman. Except Coleman looked at safety Mike Mitchell approaching him, and the ball went through his hands and off his shoulder pads.

Ravens kick themselves over most frustrating finish in team history
The Ravens entered the finale as one of the hottest teams but failed to clinch a playoff spot because they were unable to beat the struggling Bengals. The Ravens had a projected 97 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to ESPN's Football Power Index. But everything went wrong for the Ravens -- Baltimore lost and Tennessee and Buffalo won.

Random Bytes

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ESPN: ESPN employee will be next Raiders coach
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