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Cincinnati Bengals Notes, Quotes 2008-12-20

Cincinnati Bengals Notes, Quotes 2008-12-20
--In the past 33 games the Bengals are 9-23-1.

--The 41-year long "Battle of Ohio" between the Bengals and Cleveland Browns stands tied for the most tightly contested of all the NFL's long-running series. The Browns tied the rivalry at 35-35 with their win Sept. 28 at Paul Brown Stadium, and there presently are two other tied rivalries of 50 or more games -- Patriots-Jets (49-49-1) and Eagles-Cardinals (54-54-5).

--The game Sunday against the Redskins was the final one of the season for the Bengals against an NFC team. Cincinnati finished 1-2-1 this season against the NFC -- having drawn the East division in the league's schedule rotation. The Bengals' fortunes have fallen against the NFC. In Marvin Lewis' first three seasons as coach (2003-05), the Bengals were a combined 10-2 against NFC teams. In the past three seasons, though, they are 4-7-1.

--T.J. Houshmandzadeh couldn't help Wednesday of seeing his honor as a Pro Bowl alternate through the lens of his upcoming free agency.

"A little bit. I wouldn't say disappointment, I didn't really think I would go, but I expected to go if that makes any sense," he said. "When you lose, that's what happens, so you can't do much about it. I can't wait to play this week and the next week, because these are teams in the AFC, and I don't know if they voted for me. I don't know if I'll be in the AFC next year, I've got a lot to take out on people."

Chad Ocho Cinco said his buddy might have suffered because so many receivers had big years on winning teams. The Bengals are 2-11-1.

"It's been a tough race for receivers all year in the NFC and the AFC," Ocho Cinco said. "There are a lot of people that's played really well, and T.J. is one of them. But due to our situation, with some of the things we had to deal with and overcome as an offense, I think T.J. needs or should be in there a lot more than others."

--The Browns are 4-10, the third time in four seasons under head coach Romeo Crennel that they have reached double-digit losses. The game at Cleveland is likely to be his last as Browns coach. They will end the season Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh. Crennel's players like him, so it will be interesting to see if they will play hard for him one last time at home. Cleveland has lost double-digit games seven times in the 10 years since the Browns returned as an expansion franchise. (The Bengals have lost double-digits five times in the past 10 seasons, including 2008).

--Bengals coach Marvin Lewis plays any potential postseason changes on the roster or coaching staff very privately, though he is said to have control of decisions on his assistants. Earlier this month, Bengals president Mike Brown applauded Lewis' work as his best job since hired and noted the assistant coaches' hard work in dealing with injuries and an increasingly young team.

"I think our guys have really coached their butts off. I appreciate Mike's thoughts," Lewis said. "A coach told me a long time ago when I was a young coach, when the season wasn't going very good, I've been there before, and I know what's ahead.' I didn't think -- although we had some accomplishments -- we weren't screwed down the way we needed to be screwed down." -- Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.

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Added: December 20, 2008

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