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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wants team to get wins — not moral victories

Marvin Lewis, Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals came up short versus the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 14. Although nearly pulling out a win versus a formidable Chargers team is nothing to hang one’s head on, head coach Marvin Lewis is not satisfied with the result.

Not many gave the Bengals a chance to keep up with the Chargers in the first place. According to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell, Lewis is still not interested in moral victories:

“That’s not what this is about. This team, the fans — they deserve a win. … To say (it’s) a moral victory for Tyler Boyd, that isn’t worth (anything) when he’s playing his tail off week in and week out, day in and day out.”

Lewis’ comments are certainly understandable. He sits in one of the hottest coaching seats in the entire league. As a result, there have been rumors floating about his time with the team potentially coming to an end. Regardless, it is clear that he is well past the point where moral victories mean much.

The Bengals have had a rough time staying in the win column in the 2018 campaign and are now on the cusp of missing the postseason once again for the third straight year. This loss could not have come at a worse time with only three games left in the season.

Fortunately, they have had the benefit of still being able to compete in a tight-knit AFC North Division. They have a favorable matchup versus the Oakland Raiders next week before going into their crucial showdowns with the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers to end the regular season.