SAN DIEGO — Don’t expect the Cincinnati Bengals to be overconfident as seven-point favorites in an AFC wild-card matchup Sunday against a San Diego Chargers team that they have already beaten this season.
Listening to them in the locker room after they won the last game … they’re pointing to us. They feel like they owe us. So we’ll be ready to go.
” — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said his team received a bit of motivation from watching a locker room video led by San Diego coach Mike McCoy after the Chargers clinched a playoff spot with a Week 17 overtime win over Kansas City.
“Listening to them in the locker room after they won the last game … they’re pointing to us,” Lewis told a San Diego-area reporter during a conference call Wednesday. “They feel like they owe us. So we’ll be ready to go.”
Lewis noted that in the video there were some “Who Dey” Bengals chants as well as a couple of players saying they owed Cincinnati after San Diego fell 17-10 to the Bengals at home Dec. 1.
Asked if the video provided bulletin-board material for his group, Lewis said his team would be ready regardless of the video.
“It was just a reminder of what we’re up against,” Lewis said. “I thought Mike made great points to his football team. This is the playoffs now. And everything gets ratcheted up.”
- Covered Seahawks for Tacoma News Tribune for six seasons.
- Played college football at University of Puget Sound