For the fourth time in his 10 seasons in Cincinnati, head coach Marvin Lewis has seen an AFC North rival make it to the Super Bowl.

As he was assessing draft prospects at the Senior Bowl this week, Lewis is hoping that his team has gleaned some knowledge from what got Baltimore to the AFC title and a date against San Francisco on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

"We've got to mature. You have to perform. You have to make big catches, big throws, big defensive stops, big plays defensively, interceptions. All those things that got Baltimore into this game," Lewis said on Wednesday after watching the North squad's package. "Baltimore was hanging on by a thread and they make a big interception and the game changes. They made a big play down the sidelines before halftime in the division game to put them in the championship game."

On offense, the big area where the Bengals have to improve is in making vertical plays.

In the wild-card game loss to Houston, quarterback Andy Dalton took four shots downfield and completed just one, which was a 45-yard completion to A.J. Green during the third quarter that resulted in a Josh Brown field goal.

Lewis also wants to see some of his other receivers come to the forefront.

"Earlier in the year we got a lot of those single looks. Later in the year we didn't get as many," Lewis said. "We have to make first downs and build those opportunities. You don't just chuck it down the field into coverage. You have to do other things to get first downs, which gives you other opportunities."

While the coaching staff continues to wrap up end-of-season evaluations, Lewis was not ready to say yet if the staff is set for next season. The past two years during Senior Bowl week or immediately following, there has been a move.