Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals reunite with Mike Zimmer this weekend. At a time when Lewis’ hot seat is practically on fire.
The Bengals will face the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota this Sunday. It’s a game where the Bengals will enter as big underdogs. The Vikings are currently playing at the level of a Super Bowl contender. They could wind up playing in a Super Bowl they’re home stadium’s hosting in February. Meanwhile, a loss this Sunday would give the Bengals their second consecutive losing season.
This game comes up at an interesting time for both head coaches in this matchup. Mike Zimmer is in the midst of his best season yet in Minnesota. Zimmer left his previous job as the Bengals defensive coordinator to become the Vikings head coach. If the NFL Playoffs started today, the Vikings would be the second seed in the NFC. Yet they haven’t clinched either their division or a playoff berth.
Zimmer’s having the most successful season of those in Marvin Lewis’ cradle of coaches. A list that includes other notable head coaches in the NFL right now. Hue Jackson’s Cleveland Browns could finish the year 0-16. Meaning the Bengals won’t finish last in the AFC North. Elsewhere, Jay Gruden and the Washington Redskins are out of playoff contention.
Meanwhile, there’s a growing sense that Marvin Lewis is a lame duck head coach. The Bengals are still shockingly considered to be in the hunt for the playoffs. However, several things would need to happen. Including the Bengals winning the rest of their games this season. Considering the Bengals face playoff contenders the rest of the way it’s unlikely to happen.
The atmosphere is gloomy for the Cincinnati Bengals going into Week 15. After a disheartening loss last Sunday to the Chicago Bears. They’ll face one of the best teams in the NFL this Sunday. Coached by a man well acquainted with the Bengals defense. While several starters are still recovering from injuries.
The Bengals will go into Sunday looking to shake off that gloomy atmosphere. While their former defensive coordinator is coaching a contender. Two coaches and teams in truly different situations. Kickoff between the Bengals and Vikings is set for 1 PM Eastern time.