Originally posted on Cincinnati Bengals Blog  |  Last updated 11/7/11

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 28: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the action during the NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 28, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Marvin Lewis gave the players the day off following Sunday’s 24-17 win over Tennessee, but a lot of the Bengals were still in the locker room getting a jump on film study in preparation for this week’s game against the Steelers. Defensive tackle Domata Peko summed up the upcoming week, like this: “We hate them and they hate us.  Everywhere I go even the chefs in the restaurants are like ‘just beat Pittsburgh.’ It’s just that rivalry. Nothing like going up against your rival and getting at it.” The Bengals also find themselves in unfamiliar territory as they are tied with the Ravens for best record in the conference at 6-2.  If the playoffs began today though, the Bengals would be the top seed based on a better record against common opponents. Pittsburgh is a half-game back at 6-3. However the Steelers would still qualify as the final wild card. While many are trying to figure out how many wins it might take for the Bengals to make the playoffs, that is the least of the player’s concerns.
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