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Mike Zimmer was about ready to be done with his quest to become an National Football League head coach, discouraged after so many fruitless interviews.

NO HARD FEELINGS: When the Bengals and Vikings held joint practices during the 2016 preseason prior to an exhibition game between the two teams, Jones and Kirkpatrick were jawing in one-on-one drills against the Minnesota receivers.

Cincinnati is 5-8 on the season and has lost four of its past six games.

Remember, the Bengals don't have a general manager, so that position won't have any say in a potential new coach. He reflected on the advice he gave Zimmer nearly four years ago, before the Vikings came after him. Case Keenum, who has filled the starting role under center with great command (and to almost everyone's surprise), has been exceptional in 2017, completing over 67 percent of his passes for 3,000-plus yards, 20 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. The Vikings controlled the clock and the Bengals really had no answer for the Vikings offense. The Vikings were well on their way to a victory, which earned them the NFC North title. Guether is in his fourth season as the team's defensive coordinator and under his watch, the Bengals defense has been one of the team's most reliable units.

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Detroit had 97 rushing yards, and Minnesota had 87 in the Vikings only loss at home this season, which also was the only time that Minnesota has rushed for less than 100 in the stadium's second season. It's a game where the Bengals will enter as big underdogs. Griffen has 61 career sacks, good for seventh all-time in franchise history.

They're still hurting this week heading to Minnesota, a place where the Bengals have never been victorious in five previous visits.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer walks the sideline during a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to Albert Breer of The Monday Morning Quarterback, Cincinnati views Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson as Lewis' successor.

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