Roethlisberger sees respect in Ravens rivalry that’s missing with Bengals

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After Monday night’s flag and injury-filled win over the Bengals, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the game was just “AFC North football.”

The Steelers will be playing another divisional rival this week when they host the Ravens, but there’s apparently a difference between one AFC North game and another. While the quarterback feels that games against the Bengals see players just “out there to hit people” with no respect for the other side. Roethlisberger said on a Wednesday conference call things are different when the Ravens are involved.

“The difference between this game and the Cincinnati game is these two teams — us and Baltimore. There’s always a respect involved in it,” Roethlisberger said, via ESPN.com. “You’re going to get hit really hard or you’re going to hit somebody really hard, but you’re going help them up and say, ‘Man, nice job.’ At the end of it, you’re going to shake hands and give the other guy a hug and say that was a lot of fun and can’t wait to do it next year. It’s a fun rivalry in the sense that there’s a lot of respect and there are two good football teams.”

The games don’t always appear to be all that fun while they’re going on, but they have lacked the same furor and occasional disregard for rules that exist when the Steelers and Bengals are involved. We’ll see if that holds this Sunday night with a chance for the Steelers to wrap up the division while the Ravens work to remain in playoff position.

37 responses to “Roethlisberger sees respect in Ravens rivalry that’s missing with Bengals

  1. He’s just trying to butter up that defense and hope they don’t take his lunch money. Debo coming to town, better tuck them chains in

  2. Hmm, wonder why? when youve got steelers threatening to shoot bengals on Twitter and a coach running up a,score by calling for a fake punt when the game was well Out Of Reach. That kind of stuff kind of hurts the whole respect thing

  3. I would suspect it has something to do with (1) the Steelers dominance in the rivalry save the late 1980s and (2) the league approved violence against Bengals players, especially under Roger Godell and (3) the gross inequity in the size of fanbases.
    Burfit’s hit on AB would not even make the top 10 worst hits by Steelers’ players on Bengals players and not even the top 5 in Lewis’ tenure. However the league office is run, especially now, by a jackal. So $12,000 fines are given to Mike Mitchell and Burfict gets 5 games for a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. Gotta keep the “nation” happy.
    So what is a Bengals’ player to do? Take the high-road while Green, Eifert, Palmer, etc., get cheap-shotted out of the game? Or, go the Burfict route and play in the slop with pigs? Neither would be needed if real suspensions were handed out to the Steelers all along.

  4. It’s that time of year where everyone is starting to realize that the WORLD CHAMPION BALTIMORE RAVENS are that team you don’t want to see

    #Ravensby30

  5. Why would you respect the bungles? They have criminals on their team and haven’t won anything in 3 decades. Marvin Lewis should have left years ago, glad he stayed.

  6. “So $12,000 fines are given to Mike Mitchell and Burfict gets 5 games for a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. Gotta keep the “nation” happy.
    So what is a Bengals’ player to do? Take the high-road while Green, Eifert, Palmer, etc., get cheap-shotted out of the game? Or, go the Burfict route and play in the slop with pigs? Neither would be needed if real suspensions were handed out to the Steelers all along.”

    You’re obviously Bengal homer to write off all of the instances of foul play on Vontaze Burfict who, at this juncture, has surpassed Suh as the dirtiest player in the NFL. Your ignorance is astonishing….

  7. I’m a Bengals fan. The Bengals have been the most undisciplined team in the league for years. No excuse to have that much talent and not win a playoff game yet Marvin keeps coming back year after year. Also, the Steelers may be the most talented team but lack of character will keep them from winning a Super Bowl. Too many guys that care about themselves too much.

  8. The Bengals can thank Marvin Lewis for their reputation. Ever since he got there he has brought in any number of malcontents and dirtbags then makes excuses for them.

  9. giantsfanlewis says:
    December 6, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Wasn’t it a Raven who punched been in the face and broke his nose?

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    If by punched him in the face, you mean was being blocked and reached back to try to tackle him while Ben was moving his head and accidentally grabbed Ben’s facemask, with no punching motion, no closed fist and Ben even saying it was obviously an accident and no harm meant, then yes.

  10. ri·val·ry /rīvəlrē/ (noun): competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field.

    A rivalry by definition requires real competition. Numbers don’t lie. Roethlisberger has a .750 winning % against Cincy and is .550 vs Baltimore (1 game over .500). The Steelers & Ravens have a genuine rivalry while the Steelers & Bengals have a genuine hatred. The Bengals can only be said to rival the Steelers in the way a nail rivals a hammer. The nail may see it as a rivalry, the hammer not so much.

  11. Its a two-way street, Ben.

    There’s plenty of cheap and ugly on your side as well.

    Kimo. James Harrison. Gio Bernard getting earholed by Shazier and bieng knocked unconscious…..

  12. I don’t remember there being bad blood before 2005. Between Carson’s knee and Joey Porter and his boys jumping Levi Jones things took a turn. Throw in the fact that Roethlisberger played for Miami (rival of UC) and its easy for Bengals fans to hate the Steelers more than anyone else.

  13. It’s that time of year where everyone is starting to realize that the WORLD CHAMPION BALTIMORE RAVENS are that team you don’t want to see

    #Ravensby30

    Crack is bad for you. Lay off the pipe

  14. During the game the other night, ESPN showed a graphic highlight all the rules changes caused by the “rivalry”. All three were Steelers cheap shots. Kimo von Oelhoffen on Palmer in the playoffs, Hines Ward peelback on Rivers, and Shazier (leading head-first) into Bernard’s chin.

  15. Bengals respect the Ravens. Bengals also respected the 49ers when they bested them in two Super Bowls.
    But the number of dirty hits used to injure Bengals players (far more than the other way around) make it harder to respect the Steeler way.
    Porter, Harrison, Ward, Mitchell, Shazier (plus a no-name who cheap shotted the punter) on one side of the ledger.
    Burfict on the other side.

  16. What?

    Shazier (who I hope the absolute best for) went down on a play where he lead with his helmet. I seriously hope he is fine.

    Burfict went down, and the receiver stood over him and taunted him. He left on a stretcher as well. Later Brown was overheard taunting Burfict. For being hurt. Iloka got his suspension overturned because it was a bang bang play and he didn’t intend to hurt anyone, whereas Schuster clearly intended to hurt Burfict as proven by his actions immediately after the injury.

    What are we talking about? The Steelers don’t respect the Bengals players either. Get off your high horse please.

  17. You’re obviously Bengal homer to write off all of the instances of foul play on Vontaze Burfict who, at this juncture, has surpassed Suh as the dirtiest player in the NFL. Your ignorance is astonishing…

    No, I am not trying to write it off. Just pointing out the comical selective outrage of Steelers fans. The Bengals got three players into protocol in one game. Two (Kirkpatrick is the second) from hits by Shuster. The Bengals get half of their concussions in two games a year. More in one game this year than the whole season combined. Steelers can do whatever the hell they want and the Rooney’s lapdog Roger and the worthless frontrunning media pretend it didn’t happen. No matter how many times Steelers fans say the sun revolves around the Steel City, it doesn’t take Galileo to point out the facts and commit NFL heresy by stating the obvious facts: the Steelers coach and reward headhunting and hitting with the crown of the helmet. Unfortunately for Shazier, he was a victim of that practice.

  18. When Shazier laid motionless on the field in 2017, Bengals players were respectful.
    When Giovani Bernard laid motionless after a spearing hit in 2016, two Steelers danced at midfield.

    Steelers > Bengals at winning Super Bowls.
    Bengals > Steelers at doing the right thing.

  19. I don’t like the Steelers, never did. But i respect them , both teams play hard nosed football. Bengals are street fighters, and try to play football. They would make a good prison team.

  20. mattcro0172 says:

    December 6, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Let’s face it, a team wins enough big games it earns respect around the league. This is where the Bengals come up woefully short.
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    Very true.

    Teams that win also constantly earn the benefit of any doubt. I mean, there are so many instances of Steeler dirty play from many players but you only hear about one Bengal player.

  21. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    December 6, 2017 at 1:51 pm
    When Shazier laid motionless on the field in 2017, Bengals players were respectful.
    When Giovani Bernard laid motionless after a spearing hit in 2016, two Steelers danced at midfield.

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    The Bengals were respectful of a downed defender hitting their guy.

  22. If you remember, the Ravens Steelers rivalry used to be like this until the ravens won their second Superbowl.

    Porter tried to fight Ray in the parking lot.

    Jarred Johnson tried to decapitate Hines.

    I thought Ryan Clark killed Mcgahee on one defenseless hit.

    James Trapp Stepped on Plaxico’s chest with his cleats.

    Mcallister drop kicked Hines in the back

    If the Bengals win a couple championships the hatred will fade, on both sides.

  23. freedomofspeechyesway says:
    December 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    There is no Bengals/Steelers rivalry. The Steelers have one 9 of the last 10, that aint a rivalry.

    Conversely, the Ravens/Steelers split is 11/11 since Harbaugh took over. THAT is a rivalry.
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    Navy beat Army 13 straight times until last year. I guess that ain’t no rivalry?

  24. rutchaser says:
    December 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I’m a Bengals fan. The Bengals have been the most undisciplined team in the league for years.
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    I completely agree, but I feel like the Steelers should be added to that list as well. Tomlin and Marvin don’t seem to have a grip on their teams at all

    After all, they have a QB with his own legal issues in the past, who now has moved on to playing up injuries and moaning in the press, a top WR who, until the rule change this year, couldn’t score a TD without drawing a flag, position players who have missed games with drug charges, a defence that’s considered the dirtiest in the league (and likes to make death threats to other players on twitter) all led by a coaching staff that has tripped players, pulled players hair and went on the field to trash talk and pick fights with other players.

    We gloss over the Steelers issues because they are winning, but both teams are total trainwrecks and quite honestly they both deserve each other

  25. The Steelers have history. The Browns have history. The Ravens, in their short existence, have made history. The Bengals … no. Therein lies the problem. What we’ve seen during the last few years of the Marv Lewis era when they play the Steelers is their collective temper tantrum because they’re unable to win a playoff game. If they get a new coach, they’ll get a new attitude.

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