Both clubs are prepping for this weekend’s AFC North showdown that will prove to be battle of big proportion. Marvin Jones a Bengals wide receiver said the game will be bloody on both sides of the ball and that it is expected.
The current top seed in the AFC, Cincinnati is looking for a sweep over Pittsburgh for the first time since 2009, after winning 16-10 back in Week 8.
Under quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers are 16-7 against the Bengals, including an impressive 9-2 on the road.
Cincinnati is just 3-6 when Andy Dalton lines up under center for the Bengals against Pittsburgh.
Aside from the need to win to jump back into the postseason picture, Pittsburgh has a little payback on its hands for more than just the loss earlier in the season.
The last two games the Steelers have played the Bengals, the Bengals have injured Le’Veon Bell the star tailback for Pittsburgh. Last season it was Reggie Nelson who hit Bell down low and sidelined the running back for their playoff game, which the Steelers lost.
During Week 8 this season, the Bengals Vontaze Burfict tackled Bell from behind ripping apart his knee in the process. The celebration by Burfict for the tackle was not looked upon kindly by the Steelers, as they do not believe Burfict did not know Bell had been injured.
Vince Williams a linebacker with Pittsburgh tried to lump Cincinnati with all other playoff contender saying the game was just another regular season game that it is a must win for us.
When a reporter asked Williams if any bad blood existed between the two teams Williams simply said bad blood existed with any team standing in your way to the playoffs.
The Steelers linebacker can downplay all the emotions of this game as much as he wants, the truth is these two teams have many deep-rooted reasons to hate one another.
The game will be intense, heated, and nearly to the boiling point from the opening kickoff until the final whistle. Look for both clubs to make their point and draw a line in the sand, let’s just see if the other will cross that line.