Cincinnati Bengals: Two coaches going in different directions

Quick hits: Lewis refutes report; Newman!; Vikes backs wreak havoc

They will head to Green Bay on Saturday to face a Packers team that might not have much to play for after losing at Carolina in Aaron Rodgers' return, and they'll finish the regular season at home against Chicago on December 30.

On Cincinnati's second possession, Kendricks had his second career interception return for a touchdown and the first defensive touchdown by the Vikings this season for a 14-0 lead.

In a victory that was as important as it was euphoric, the Vikings beat the Cincinnati Bengals 34-7, drubbing a dilapidated and disinterested Bengals team to improve to 11-3.

Remember, the Bengals don't have a general manager, so that position won't have any say in a potential new coach. Four of those seven losses came at home.

Green is a six-time Pro Bowler, but he will be up against a tough challenge in Rhodes. Last season, the Browns went just 1-15. The Vikings controlled the clock and the Bengals really had no answer for the Vikings offense.




On the other side of the ball, the Vikings allowed a season-high 216 rushing yards to the Panthers on 36 carries, which included runs of 60 yards by Jonathan Stewart and 62 by Cam Newton for the longest two plays (run or pass) allowed by Minnesota this season. That's when they turned things over to their backup quarterback, inviting what might have been the loudest roar of the season at U.S. Bank Stadium. It's a game where the Bengals will enter as big underdogs.

- The Vikings have won 19 division titles in their 57-year history.

With a flurry of head-coaching openings expected in the coming weeks and a shortage of obvious head-coaching candidates with experience, Lewis is likely to be on teams' short lists of candidates, league sources said.

They're still hurting this week heading to Minnesota, a place where the Bengals have never been victorious in five previous visits.

One of the longest-tenured coaching jobs in recent National Football League history is reportedly coming to an end at the end of this season.

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