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Steelers aren’t adding fuel to the Bengals fire

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The Steelers have clearly gotten the message.

The day after coach Mike Tomlin said he expected his guys to keep their emotions in check during this week’s game with the Bengals, his players refused to provide anything inflammatory, disrespectful, or borderline interesting.

Via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked if the Steelers were looking for any form of payback after the Bengals (specifically suspended linebacker Vontaze Burfict) either injured or slowed down their offensive stars last year.

Burfict was the guy who pulled Le’Veon Bell down on the play that resulted in a season-ending knee injury, and whose helmet-to-helmet hit to Antonio Brown made a mess of a playoff game.

“That’s not who we are,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s a physical football game and a physical division. That’s what we expect, a physical football game — clean.”

Roethlisberger wouldn’t even elaborate on the evolution of the rivalry with the Bengals, and only defensive end Cam Heyward was willing to say that it might not rise to the standard of other AFC North games.

Heyward said Steelers-Bengals was “the second-biggest rivalry in the AFC North.”

“It’s not a slight on the Bengals. The Ravens have won Super Bowls, we’ve won Super Bowls,” Heyward said.

Of course, the game itself has created plenty of heat in the past, so adding words may not even be necessary to keep this one at a high pitch.

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41 Responses to “Steelers aren’t adding fuel to the Bengals fire”
  1. theageofquarrel says: Sep 14, 2016 1:13 PM

    Steelers own the Bungles,always have and always will

  2. stillers213 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:16 PM

    The Bengals are very adept at creating fuel for their own dumpster fire. No Steelers help required.

  3. aksully says: Sep 14, 2016 1:21 PM

    They don’t need to, I thought the Bengals responded appropriately after seeing Shazier dancing on the sideline while Bernard was unconscious on the field. I wouldn’t of done it at such a critical point of the game, buthow can you act surprised when Brown gets hit the way he did. On field justice, just bad timing

  4. citizenstrange says: Sep 14, 2016 1:27 PM

    If it wasn’t for the Bungles incredibly once-in-a-lifetime gifting the Steelers an 18-16 win last season it would be 5 years in a row without a playoff win for Small Ben in Big Games.

  5. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 14, 2016 1:33 PM

    Sounds like Trip Tomlin is taking a page from the patsies book – say nothing, just do your job.

  6. jjackwagon says: Sep 14, 2016 1:37 PM

    If you are scared…just say you are scared.

  7. 6ball says: Sep 14, 2016 1:40 PM

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    Unlikely to be labeled ” Most Boring Game of 2016″.
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  8. jocko1181 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:43 PM

    Can someone please tell Cam Heyward he hasn’t won a single Super Bowl. In fact, only playoff game he has ever won was because a team with a backup QB playing handed them the game.

    Enjoy the rivalry

  9. Kaz says: Sep 14, 2016 1:44 PM

    All that big talk yet they need Refs and their Coaches to help change the outcome of games….. And it isn’t the first time. Ask the Ravens about that attempted trip.

    Lames…

    If that was NE no way the League would keep letting them get away with it. Coaches have no business physically getting involved in games to change outcome. Clear to everyone except the League (when it comes to the Steelers).

  10. kissbillsrings says: Sep 14, 2016 1:46 PM

    Hope AJ lights them up….like he did Revis THRUWAY…..
    Two of the best WR’s going at it for their respective teams… Should be fun game to watch….. Both running games are potent as well…. This will be a game of will & heart….coin toss as neither of them have any

  11. kylezombie says: Sep 14, 2016 1:53 PM

    Smart thinking. All that trash talk last year led to half their starting lineup getting injured. Good job on winning that playoff game last January, and then being too weak to win another game after that!

  12. kylezombie says: Sep 14, 2016 1:59 PM

    They might not be talking trash beforehand, but you know their coaches will be pulling hair and wandering into the Bengals huddle to try and draw cheap personal foul penalties. Maybe try to trip our kick returner, too. Must be pretty sad to know you can’t beat your rival and you need some extra “help” from your coaches. The Steel Curtain would be ashamed of this current team.

  13. lanman11 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:02 PM

    This sounds like “Fake it till ya make it,” for a team that that wants to be…

  14. eezyxyz says: Sep 14, 2016 2:02 PM

    Not sure why the Steelers would get to play the aggrieved party from last season.

    Sure, they had to play Denver without Antonio Brown, but the Bengals had to play Denver down the stretch without Tyler Eifert too, after Eifert was taken out by an illegal hit from the Steelers that draw both a flag and a fine. That loss in OT in Denver cost the Bengals a first round bye. Eifert was leading the league in TD receptions when injured, so it’s not wild to speculate he might have made a difference in that game.

    Considering the Steelers also injured Andy Dalton (completely legal play, but then so was the hit on Bell, so we either talk about both injuries or neither) I can’t see why the Bengals have any less justification for payback than the Steelers.

  15. stoneydog1000 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:03 PM

    I’ll miss Burfict not being there.

  16. thesteelhurtin says: Sep 14, 2016 2:05 PM

    By wandering in Do you mean being shoved in? That’s what happened.

  17. stillers213 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:06 PM

    Good grief. What a bunch of whiny bengals fans here. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Sad really.

  18. kylezombie says: Sep 14, 2016 2:13 PM

    thesteelhurtin, Porter was shoved OUT of the huddle by Pacman, which drew the penalty. Not too bright in Pittsburgh, obviously.

  19. mborz says: Sep 14, 2016 2:48 PM

    Last year, Steelers players talked trash before the game, and Cincy fans complained.

    This year, Steelers players don’t talk trash before the game, and Cincy fans complain.

  20. steelcurtainn says: Sep 14, 2016 2:56 PM

    Big Bens putting up another 30 point game. The Bungles need to worry about winning just 1 playoff game before their even mention in the same sentence with the Steelers.

  21. Kaz says: Sep 14, 2016 3:02 PM

    “Sad” Bengals fans maybe, but at least we don’t need our Coaches to help win games by pulling hair, attempting to trip folks and such.

    Which is worse? I’d say the desperate need of Coaches to get involved in close games to help. Just so you can talk big about “winning”. Comical.

    Props to the 31 other teams win lose or tie who do it on their own without the help of Refs (thanks League for admitting their only td wasn’t a td at all later), and Coaches to win.

  22. udontknowjaq says: Sep 14, 2016 3:11 PM

    Top 2 fined defensive teams in 2015!

    1. Denver Broncos
    2. Cincinnati BENGALS! Just Dirty, & always are the top fined & have many arrested players year in year out!

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:26 PM

    “taking a page from the patsies book – say nothing, just do your job.”

    More teams could benefit from doing so.

  24. dimi1919 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:31 PM

    All of us on this board are tied with Marvin Lewis in the all time playoff wins category.

  25. mswravens says: Sep 14, 2016 3:37 PM

    This why I hate the Steelers – but respect them nevertheless. They know what’s up. Nothing funnier than Kitty Cat fans coming to BMore and making a stink. All talk with nothing to back it up. Just shut up and win something…anything…more than a regular season game. Then you can run your yapper.

    Steeler fans are a different story. That’s war. We know the Super Bowl is on the line when the Steelers come to town. Their fans know it too. It means something more, so it’s a totally different atmosphere…all week long…when the Burghers are on the calendar.

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 14, 2016 3:37 PM

    Over under on how many plays it takes before Shazier forces a fumble? My money is on 1.

  27. juststeel says: Sep 14, 2016 3:53 PM

    The Bungles, why is Marvin Lewis still a head coach ?

  28. ajigel says: Sep 14, 2016 3:53 PM

    Top 2 fined defensive teams in 2015!

    1. Denver Broncos
    2. Cincinnati BENGALS! Just Dirty, & always are the top fined & have many arrested players year in year out!

    —–

    Where the heck are you getting your stats? Overall team fines in 2015 for the Bengals are $242,193 and $296,313 (mind you, both are middle of the pack).

    Not to let facts get in the way of your argument, of course.

  29. joetoronto says: Sep 14, 2016 4:17 PM

    One team has 6 rings and the other can’t even win ONE playoff game.

    Case closed.

  30. beelicker says: Sep 14, 2016 4:24 PM

    Speaking of facts, you should stop promoting the absolute falsehood that Burfict/Brown was helmet to helmet

    Brown dropped his helmet forward onto the *back* of Burfict’s shoulder pad … all you need is to find the proper angle on the replay to prove it to yourself

  31. beelicker says: Sep 14, 2016 4:29 PM

    @ ajigel …. sorry, that was not directed at you … did not intend it to come out that way, more the ‘collective’ “you”

  32. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 14, 2016 4:42 PM

    taking a page from the patsies book – say nothing, just do your job.”

    Come on now that’s cheating everywhere else! Bandwagon cliches are very cute but don’t apply in this case.

  33. whodeylifer says: Sep 14, 2016 4:44 PM

    Again with these steelers acting like they haven’t been one of the dirtiest teams in the past 40 years. hahaha pfft…Someone else starts punching the bully in the mouth, and suddenly they are the clean team. Every time i hear, or see this it just sends me into fits of laughter. Oh and just because you say it’s not a slight, doesn’t not make it one.

  34. udontknowjaq says: Sep 14, 2016 4:46 PM

    Bengals had 224,830$ in total Defensive player fines from 10 different players & all were Unnecessary roughness, late hit etc. All!

    Steelers had 75,237$ in total Defensive player fines from 8 players & 35,000 of that came from 5 Steelers players for excessive celebration & uniform violations.

    The Bengals are hundreds of thousands ahead of 97% of the other NFL teams in defense fines for violent plays.. #facts

  35. stoneydog1000 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:26 PM

    Beers and pork rinds Sunday for the game, guys. And, none of the back and forth.

  36. ajigel says: Sep 14, 2016 6:07 PM

    udontknowjaq says:
    Sep 14, 2016 4:46 PM

    The Bengals are hundreds of thousands ahead of 97% of the other NFL teams in defense fines for violent plays.. #facts

    ——–
    17 teams had more in fines than the Bengals did last season (facts). It should also be noted that the Steelers have an early lead over the Bengals this season as well.

  37. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Sep 14, 2016 6:19 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 14, 2016 4:17 PM

    One team has 6 rings and the other can’t even win ONE playoff game.

    Case closed.

    —–

    Tricky how Cincy worked their way into two Superbowls without winning ONE playoff game.

  38. donbaseball says: Sep 15, 2016 8:42 AM

    Cam: “We’ve won Super Bowls.”

    No YOU haven’t fella. You’ve won 1 playoff game (a wildcard) in your 5-year career.

  39. jobotjones says: Sep 15, 2016 10:20 AM

    “It’s not a slight on the Bengals. The Ravens have won Super Bowls, we’ve won Super Bowls,” Heyward said.

    #Facts

  40. 6superbowls says: Sep 15, 2016 3:36 PM

    There’s a reason they’re refereed to as “Da Bungles”…

    What a hapless fan base? Bunch of liberals blaming others for their ineptness?

  41. bengalsfreedom says: Sep 15, 2016 11:36 PM

    Looking forward to the first real hit of the game.

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