The Cincinnati Bengals locked up the AFC North title and a playoff berth last weekend. But with an outside chance that the Bengals could ascend to the conference's No. 2 seed, coach Marvin Lewis plans to use his regulars in an attempt to win Sunday's home game against the Baltimore Ravens.
"It's a big football game for us," Lewis said, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. "We don't know what it'll mean until it's over and later that evening, but we're going to do everything we can to win the football game with our guys."
If the Bengals win and the New England Patriots lose to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Cincinnati would climb to the No. 2 spot and receive a first-round playoff bye.
Meanwhile, the Ravens need a win and a Miami Dolphins' loss to qualify for the postseaon and a chance to defend their Super Bowl championship.
"We want to defend home and make sure we win," Bengals defensive back Pacman Jones told www.cincinnatibengals.com. "If it was my choice, I don't want Baltimore to make it. We've got to make sure we defend the house and play all four quarters."
The Bengals are unbeaten at home this year and have scored 41 or more points in their past four games in Paul Brown Stadium.