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Lewis not bothered by opening on road again

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis made it clear he is well aware that the Bengals are opening the season on the road for the sixth year in a row. But while he admitted there are challenges that come along with that, he said he isn’t too bothered by it.

“I think it’s the way the Reds schedule has fallen,” Lewis said. “They’ve ended up being home, corresponding to the first weekend of our regular season, so we decided not to go forward and challenge that. Contrarily, we get a chance, generally, to finish at home, so I like that. I’ll take that trade.”

Asked if he can even remember the last time the team opened at home, Lewis laughed and said, “I can remember the last defensive snap when we opened at home.”

That was when Denver won 12-7 after quarterback Kyle Orton connected with wide receiver Brandon Stokley for a 87-yard touchdown pass that was tipped by Bengals cornerback Leon Hall with 11 seconds remaining.

The score came 27 seconds after Cedric Benson had given the Bengals a 7-6 lead with a 1-yard touchdown run.

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“That I can remember,” Lewis said. “I don’t remember any of the positives.”

Sunday will mark the sixth anniversary of that memorable play.

In case you forgot what it looked/sounded like:

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