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Sunday, January 3, 2010
What should the Bengals do?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

The No. 3 seed in the AFC is available for the Cincinnati Bengals (10-5).

But do they want it?

That is the question Cincinnati is pondering as it prepares for its Sunday night game against the New York Jets (8-7). The New England Patriots (10-6) lost to the Houston Texans earlier today, which opens up a chance for the Bengals to win and take the third playoff seed in the AFC.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said they would play to win this week. But that statement doesn't guarantee it will be the starters playing to win for the entire game against New York. Lewis has to determine whether the risk of injury is worth moving up one seed in the playoffs.

The Jets are hoping the Bengals rest their starters. New York needs to win Sunday to get into the postseason.