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DeAngelo Williams on Bengals: We’ll see whose will breaks first

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 13:  Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals pursues DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of the game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL wants referee Pete Morelli and the other officials on his crew to have “heightened awareness” of the history between the Bengals and Steelers heading into this Sunday’s game so that things don’t spiral out of control with the ugliness of the last couple of matchups between the teams.

Based on Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams‘ take on the game, heightened awareness seems like┬áthe least the officiating crew should have on their minds when the two teams come together. Williams said it is going to be a “two-chinstrap game” between two teams that hate each other.

“Everybody knows the professional hatred we have for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Bengals have with us,” Williams said, via “Everybody’s heard the Twitter fight and things of that nature that we’ve had in the offseason. Guess what? This Sunday, that comes to a head, and the cameras will be watching. It will be our will versus their will, and we will see who breaks first.”

That all seems a bit dramatic, but then you remember the way things played out in both the regular season and playoffs last season. It seems less like a pro wrestling promo and more like a reasonable preview for how things will go at Heinz Field.

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35 Responses to “DeAngelo Williams on Bengals: We’ll see whose will breaks first”
  1. acousticphan says: Sep 16, 2016 7:31 AM

    Deangelo Williams can’t stop himself from saying stupid things, can he?

  2. apittsburgher says: Sep 16, 2016 7:40 AM

    WHO DEY????? Why dey’s the team who has never won the Super Bowl, dat’s who ! Seems dey faced a little obstacle called the Pittsburgh Steelers on the way last year……lol……GO STEELERS !!!!!

  3. Kaz says: Sep 16, 2016 8:00 AM

    Blame the league for allowing Steeler players to issue death threats via Twitter to Burfict and doing nothing about it in one of the biggest travesty of justice you will find in league history. Never before has the league allowed death threats from one team to another teams player. Never.

    Whose “will” will break first? Bengals have to be tough facing the Refs, Coaches, Steelers Players, and League bias (Threatening suspensions for shoulder hits, while allowing Steelers players to hit helmet to helmet). The deck is certainly stacked against them.

  4. flaccounibrow says: Sep 16, 2016 8:04 AM

    22 carries, 159 yards, and 2 TDs

  5. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Sep 16, 2016 8:10 AM

    Even though Cincy has to face a very talented Steeler team, and the officials, I like their chances. Go Bengals!

  6. edon8334 says: Sep 16, 2016 8:21 AM

    I hope vontaze burfict gets blindsided.. and I hope james Harrison gets pancaked every play

  7. gpclaw says: Sep 16, 2016 8:30 AM

    Not sure Williams statement is overly dramatic. These (division rivalry games) are the games that can make or break a teams playoff hopes. Seems appropriate for the players to elevate the status of the game.

  8. celebrateafterthehit says: Sep 16, 2016 8:48 AM

    Don’t think this game will be as big as when Burfict comes back. That’s when we will see who breaks who

  9. jimbobobjr says: Sep 16, 2016 8:55 AM

    Peter Morelli is one of the most incompetent officials in the NFL. There’s no way he keeps this game under control. Get the popcorn ready!

  10. eazeback says: Sep 16, 2016 8:56 AM

    it will be a definite slobber knocker

  11. mclennon99 says: Sep 16, 2016 8:57 AM

    World War III resumes.

    After how their playoff game ended last January, this has the makings of a Ali/Frazier bout!

  12. stoneydog1000 says: Sep 16, 2016 9:02 AM

    edon 8334, Burfict is not going to play in this one, he’s suspended for the first 3 games.

  13. fifel1144 says: Sep 16, 2016 9:12 AM

    edon8334 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 8:21 AM
    I hope vontaze burfict gets blindsided.. and I hope james Harrison gets pancaked every play

    Burfict will not be there sooooo………..

  14. jm91rs says: Sep 16, 2016 9:16 AM

    One of the Steelers players literally threatened to murder burfict with a gun last year. Apparently burfict was too happy about his first tackle back from 7 weeks on the pup list. Then shazier and company did a happy dance in the middle of the field after literally putting Giovanni Bernard to sleep with a hit that was just as legal (at the time anyway) as burfict’s tackle on Bell. I think it’s a little more than “professional” hatred. It’s 2 teams of really good football players without much common sense or sense of awareness.

  15. jag1959 says: Sep 16, 2016 9:20 AM

    edon8334 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 8:21 AM
    I hope vontaze burfict gets blindsided.. and I hope james Harrison gets pancaked every play

    Well the first wish will go unfulfilled. Way to keep up there chief.

  16. stillers213 says: Sep 16, 2016 9:24 AM

    Funny how Bengals fans are already blaming the refs before they even kick-off. I guess you already have a built-in excuse for losing. Good for you.

  17. steelcurtainn says: Sep 16, 2016 9:25 AM

    Were not going to make this game bigger then its supposed to be. Its one game! Bottomline-Bungles lose, Steelers win their home opener.

  18. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 16, 2016 9:32 AM

    I think this is being overblown. The game has to be competitive for emotions to run high, and it won’t. Steelers in a route 54-6.

  19. nhpats says: Sep 16, 2016 9:35 AM

    edon8334 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 8:21 AM
    I hope vontaze burfict gets blindsided.. and I hope james Harrison gets pancaked every play


    Blindisded on his couch? You realize he is not even playing……right?

  20. politiciansareallthesame says: Sep 16, 2016 9:40 AM

    Last years playoff game was one of the most entertaining games I’ve ever seen. Action, drama, players fighting, coaches fighting, bad calls, you name it. I sure hope this game is as entertaining.

  21. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Sep 16, 2016 9:57 AM

    flaccounibrow says:
    Sep 16, 2016 8:04 AM

    22 carries, 159 yards, and 2 TDs


    How much would you like to wager on that?

  22. zakkwyldeslespaul says: Sep 16, 2016 9:58 AM

    Bengal fan complaining about the officials. Who didn’t see that coming?

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 16, 2016 10:00 AM

    Bengals start the season 1-5 or 2-4 with losses to Den, Dal, NE, and, of course, the Steelers. Mia might beat them too. Luckily they have the Browns in wk 7.

  24. johnstofa says: Sep 16, 2016 10:21 AM

    The league makes a big fuss about protecting players and then spins the lack of a call on the Gio Bernard “crown of the helmet” hit. Maybe you overlook it as a player if it’s a one time deal, but it wasn’t. Rivers….broken jaw. Huber….broken jaw and broken neck. If the league isn’t going to do it then it’s up to the players to deal with the bully tactics themselves.

    Karma is a bitch. Not endorsing it, but not naive about it either. Steelers aren’t naive to it either. When both teams decide the carnage is too much and there is mutual respect, then it will stop.

  25. intellectualpenury says: Sep 16, 2016 10:45 AM

    These guys are all pantywaists when compared to Greg Lloyd.

  26. inozwetrust says: Sep 16, 2016 10:49 AM

    Ravens have one down year and all of the sudden Bengals/Steelers is the best rivalry in football? I don’t think so. Steelers fear Ravens far more than Bengals. Even in a down year Ravens whipped the Steelers twice and Steelers needed a miracle to get into the playoffs.

    All I know is that after this game one of these teams will be looking up at the Ravens in the division. By the end of the season both of these teams will be looking up at the Ravens in the division.

    The Dirty Birds are back!!

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 16, 2016 11:14 AM

    inozwetrust says:
    All I know is that after this game one of these teams will be looking up at the Ravens in the division.
    Now there’s a bold statement. You’ve played the Bills and the Browns. If you’re not 2-0 after that, you’ve got issues far greater than your place in the division.

  28. steelcurtainn says: Sep 16, 2016 11:37 AM

    This years rivalry is the Steelers/Bungles with the Steelers taking the division. Not that the bungles have EVER been a rivalry, since the Steelers practically own them, but we’ll call it that. The Ravens will eventually have to sit back in 3rd place(once again) and watch the movies. Don’t forget to bring your popcorn.

  29. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 16, 2016 12:38 PM

    Both teams suck. The Bengals can’t win a playoff game if their lives depended on it and the Steelers will be forever known as the team that lost to Tebow in the playoffs.

  30. iamnotadingo says: Sep 16, 2016 12:59 PM

    Hey, Steelers-Bengals? It’s probably good that they will all be donating all of their game checks this week to NFL Player Care Foundation since they will need the support of that foundation after they wreck themselves into retirement. Over/under on how many guys will head to IR after this game?

  31. stoneydog1000 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:01 PM

    Ravens are 23-25 the past 3 years. Does that look like one down year? Raven fans are living in the past.

  32. stairwayto7 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:12 PM

    Steelers go up 14-0 then the Bungals implode!

  33. ajigel says: Sep 16, 2016 2:29 PM

    Way too much talk from the Steelers this week, while the Bengals have been quiet. And yet the Bengals will likely be painted as the classless ones. Typical.

  34. lp0320 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:54 PM

    Where oh Where is Heath Miller . . .for once I would like to just see the players on the field playing the game . . . no twitter or facebook or instagram taunts; no trash talk; to dirty play . . . . just straight up professional, hard nosed football.

    That being said, there’s no way on God’s green earth that we’ll have that. And for the record, while the letter of the rule last year says Shazier’s hit on Bernard was legal, I was purely disgusted by the actions of Shazier and Mitchell while Bernard was down.

    And I’m a Steelers’ fan!

  35. bengalsfreedom says: Sep 16, 2016 5:50 PM

    Hopefully it is just clean, hard nosed football. If there’s a whiff of calls going one way or the other, especially with hits, that’w when it will devolve again into a street fight.

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