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Bengals News (12/31): Marvin Lewis watch begins

We have one day left of 2018, and we can only hope that 2019 brings some changes for the Bengals.

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Postgame Quotes: Week 17 at Pittsburgh
I think the disappointing thing for us today is the fact that we hurt ourselves today with some penalties that set us back on both offense and the kicking game. It's hard to overcome those things on the road and we're unable to overcome them very often today. We really hurt our field position we stifled us on offense. That's hard to overcome. We got a little depleted with injuries as the game went on. But the guys stepped up and played. We just didn't get enough to get the ball back in field position to win the football game in the end.

Quick Hits: Mixon Guarantees Playoffs in '19
PITTSBURGH - After racking up the Bengals’ longest play of the season with a 51-yarder that should also give him the AFC rushing title in Sunday’s season-finale 16-13 loss to the Steelers, running back Joe Mixon guaranteed a play-off berth for next season.

Steelers Catch Bengals Late Again
But they couldn’t get enough help from their offense against Pittsburgh’s desperate bid for a win to make the postseason. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who at one point threw more passes (45) than the Bengals had plays (42), nickel-and-dimed down the field to beat the Bengals inside the last two minutes for the third straight game, 16-13.

Steelers beat Bengals but get no help from Browns
After rallying from a 10-point deficit to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals, 16-13, the Steelers gathered on the Heinz Field grass to watch, hope and pray for a similar come-from-behind win to unfold in Baltimore.

Bengals came undone by rash of injuries, defensive failings
Season grade: Below average. Expectations weren’t high for the Bengals coming into the 2018 season. In fact, they’ll finish with a record similar to what many pundits predicted. However, it is a disappointment because the Bengals started the campaign 4-1 and seemed prepared to make a playoff run for the first time since the 2015 season. However, they came out of their bye week with five straight losses and got blown out by several teams. They’ll miss the playoffs for the third straight year.

2019 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals to select 11th in the first round
After retaining Marvin Lewis as head coach, the Bengals made some notable changes with Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator and trading for a left tackle. Austin’s defense imploded and he was fired midseason.

Paul Daugherty column on future of Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
PITTSBURGH – And now we await the papal smoke from the Vatican-on-the-Ohio. The Bengals Lost Season has come to a merciful end, just as the team was ready to call the Red Cross for players. It’s time for the other cleat to drop. Or not.

Marvin Lewis tables future after Bengals season finale
“It’s ridiculous,” said Lewis. “I think it’s ridiculous, it’s sad that that’s the only thing they can point to. This isn’t about me. This is about this football team and what they do. To make this about one person, it’s not about one person. It’s my job, that’s it.”

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