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Steelers Look To Get Out Of Bengals Matchup Alive

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The Pittsburgh Steelers look to stay healthy and get out alive as they face off against their division opponent Cincinnati Bengals.

As much as the Pittsburgh Steelers would love to win their first division game of the season, they would love to get out alive just as much, if not more. This match up has led to multiple injuries over the last few seasons, including season ending injuries to Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell twice. The Super Bowl is the ultimate goal for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it begins with keeping their key players on the field.

Luckily for the Steelers and Le’Veon Bell, he can’t be lost for the season due to injury in this game again. He won’t be playing as he continues to serve his suspension. Deangelo Williams will be playing in his position, and is coming off of one of his best games in a Steelers uniform. Williams did not have a chance to play against the Cincinnati Bengals last year in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, as he was out due to an injury sustained in Week 17, but he is more than ready to face a team he really does’t like.

“Everybody knows the fines that are associated with this game. Everybody knows the professional hatred we have for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Bengals have with us. Everybody’s heard the Twitter fights 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 vs. their will and we will see who breaks first.”

The Twitter fights Williams is referring to come from a series of Instagram videos sent out by Pacman Jones last season, and Vontaze Burfict talking trash about the Steelers from his Twitter account. But Burfict will not be playing due to a suspension he is serving. Burfict has been responsible for injuries to Le’Veon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger in previous matchups.

Leading into this week, the officiating crew has been put on notice by NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino. In an email, Blandino sent to ESPN, he said:

“The issues that came up last year will be covered with the crew for this game. All crews are directed to set the tone early in games so the players understand where the line is, and that should be consistent, for all games, but just based on the history there will be a heightened awareness for this one.”

With that heightened awareness, don’t be surprised if a couple players get disqualified due to the new NFL rules where two personal fouls get you booted. Both teams will have to find a way to not let emotions get the best of them. With $200K being handed out in fines in just the previous two matchups between these teams, this will be the most intriguing and dramatic game of week 2 in the NFL.

As both teams look to start the season 2-0 and get an early lead in the division race, this game might get out of hand by the coin toss. The Pittsburgh Steelers play the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field at 1 pm, but the mental game of will power is alive and well and has already begun.