Ben Roethlisberger thinking about Bengals, not Patriots “fireworks”

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In an interview with Tony Dungy for NBC’s Football Night in America, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he was “going to embrace the elephant in the room” that is the team’s upcoming matchup with the Patriots and the chance that the two teams will meet again in the playoffs.

His quarterback isn’t thinking about anything that far down the road. While Tomlin might have an eye on the “fireworks” that will accompany the matchup between the top two teams in the AFC, Ben Roethlisberger channelled Patriots coach Bill Belichick saying “on to Cincinnati” when asked about his current focus.

“He’s the head coach, he’s allowed to think about whatever game or whatever elephant in the room or whatever matchups, things like that,” Roethlisberger said on “The Cook and Poni Show” on 93.7 The Fan. “For me, I am 100% on Cincinnati and nothing else. That is my biggest focus because these guys are going to come out to get us. I mean they want to ruin our playoff chances.”

Roethlisberger said there’s “zero film work, talk, anything like that from me for any team other than the Bengals right now” and there’s a date against another divisional rival when they host the Ravens in Week 14. He’ll then get to turn his attention to the Patriots along with most of the football world as it promises to be the marquee matchup in the AFC once it finally gets here.

23 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger thinking about Bengals, not Patriots “fireworks”

  1. Before the season started. Las Vegas knew it, The media knew it, the fans knew it that the Steelers & Patriots only mattered in the AFC.. Also that the week 15 matchup would determine Home Field for their AFC championship matchup.. #facts

    Means nothing that Tomlin said anything. The Steelers players have supreme confidence. They expect SB every year.

  2. Just the 1st of many times a Pittsburgh player will have to answer silly questions about their ‘focus’ after Tomlin’s statement. I’d have preferred to read about his thoughts pertaining to the game at hand and how Roethlisberger avoided answering ?’s about any concerns he may have about facing the notoriously dirty Bengals D. At least that might have been more entertaining than this low hanging fruit.

  3. I think most football fans would agree that this whole Tomlin thing is getting a little silly. He was being interviewed by a close and well respected friend, so he didn’t want to be a complete jerk and give him robot speech. We applaud Tomlin for that. Tomlin is one of the most well respected people in football. I understand the competition among the media, but sometimes it goes too far and it kind of shines an ugly light on the media. PFT is a well respected news source for news and information. Don’t go tabloid on us. Please!

  4. bengals dirty defense!! give me a break. your coaches trip players, pull the hair of players and then run on the field to get a penalty on the other team. get a frigging life.

  5. I have a real hard time rooting for the Steelers anymore. I want Ben to get another ring before he retires. I like some of the young guys on defense too, but outside of that, this is an arrogant, undisciplined team that doesn’t deserve to get past the Patriots. They are very hard to root for overall.

  6. “And that is why Ben is the GOAT”

    Maybe in the fantasyland alternative universe you live in, but not in the real world. He’s not even close to that.

  7. All this Pats vs Steelers talk is dumb. It’s likely the Pats get rolled by the Chiefs again and never get to the AFCCG.

  8. I’m looking forward to the match up. Lets not forget the division which the Steelers are playing in. The only reason they are “on par” with the pats is because of who they play. Guaranteed 2-0 just by having Cleveland on the schedule.

  9. crownofthehelmet says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:37 pm
    All this Pats vs Steelers talk is dumb. It’s likely the Pats get rolled by the Chiefs again and never get to the AFCCG.

    Perhaps in a universe where up is down, but in this continuum? Possible, yes. Likely, NSM.

  10. The Patriots “Little Brother” is thinking right. 🙂 Wouldn’t want a nasty upset or two to the Bengals or Ravens to derail all the hopes of Steelers fans would we?

    Better be careful talking fireworks around him though. He might get “hurt” for the cameras. 🙂

  11. I’m looking forward to the match up. Lets not forget the division which the Steelers are playing in. The only reason they are “on par” with the pats is because of who they play. Guaranteed 2-0 just by having Cleveland on the schedule.

    Hey Einstein did you forget the Pat’s play the Fins, Bills and Powerhouse Jets for six easy victories each year……..wake up.

  12. Tomlin never should have made those comments…and I yhink he knows that.
    I think he just couldn’t help himself because he’s obssessed with the Pats. The Patriots keep eliminating his Superbowl bound teams in the playoffs and guess what???….he doesn’t like it very much at all!
    Me thinks he’s harboring very deep bad feewings inside about the Patriots…..
    Poor Mikey Tomlim…The Pats keep kickin his tail and he now has hurt feewings….
    I think if you watch him when he speaks of the Pats you might see foam forming at the corners of his mouth…

  13. So, how many games did TJ Watt get suspended for, for that head to head hit on Hundley ?

    If that was Burfict, he’d be looking at getting sat for six games, but as he plays in yellow & black; zero…..

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