Bengals head coaching rumors: 5 candidates to watch

Kicking the game off with a report that head coach Marvin Lewis isn't coming back for a 16 season, his offense went almost on track for its worst performance in his 15 seasons when the Bengals fell behind the Vikings, 24-0, in the game's first 25 minutes generating all of 35 yards, a first down, three sacks and five three-and-outs on seven possessions for that very ugly 24-0 half-time deficit.

Murray scored on a short run to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive by the Vikings to start the game.

But now he has an expiring contract, an 0-7 career record in the playoffs, and is bound for a second straight absence from the postseason.

The Bengals have been outscored 80-14 in their last nine quarters of play. He suffered a dislocated knee and a torn ACL when he went down during a noncontact drill at practice just two weeks before the 2016 season was set to begin.

Xavier Rhodes will face another tough receiver in A.J. Green, who will take the field at U.S. Bank Stadium for his 100 National Football League game on Sunday. The Vikings scored 23 total points in the opening period in the first 10 games of the season, but have put up 20 first-quarter points in the past three games.

The Vikings have allowed only one 100-yard receiver this season (Detroit's Marvin Jones), and Rhodes will look to continue that pattern Sunday when he likely matches up against a talented Green.

Yes, Minnesota totaled 100 yards on 21 carries in Carolina, but quarterback Case Keenum accounted for 40 of those yards on five scrambles. The Bengals lost S George Iloka (shoulder), LT Cedric Ogbuehi (shoulder) and LB Vincent Rey (jaw) during the game to injuries.

This game comes up at an interesting time for both head coaches in this matchup.

"After 15 seasons in Cincinnati, Marvin Lewis is planning to leave the Bengals after this season to pursue opportunities elsewhere, league sources tell ESPN", Schefter reports.

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