This is the biggest game of the year for the Bengals, and the most important game in this rivalry in some time. The winner this week takes complete control of the wildcard spot, while the loser will need a miracle to avoid the sting of being at home in January. Now is the time for the Bengals franchise to show the NFL that the team from Cincinnati isn’t a whipping post for the rest of the league anymore. A win, in Pittsburgh no less, shows everybody that the Bengals are for real, a legitimate threat every year. Instead of an occasional flash, we will be a constant flame. The Bengals franchise, which as been beaten down so much over the last few decades needs to finally stick up for itself and shut the doubters up for good. A win this Sunday does just that, sending a clear message that we are a team to be reckoned with, not one to be mocked anymore.
The Bengals stand at a precipice, with two options. We can lose to the Steelers, and a lot of people would say it’s expected, a young team losing to a team that has dominated the matchups, and we should be glad we had a solid year. It’s not such a bad thing really. The other way though, beating the mighty Steelers to secure a playoff spot, is what dreams are made of. Fans and players alike can join together in celebration of a momentous win and leap forward for the franchise. With a win on Sunday, the Bengals, and not the Steelers, will represent the AFC North, along with the Baltimore Ravens, in the playoffs. More importantly, we will know that we are an equal to Pittsburgh and everybody else. This game means everything. Let us fans stand united behind our players, and rally them to a huge win on Sunday against those we hate the most. Then after the dust clears, and our team stands victorious, we can rise up as one, and leave no doubt to the answer to the question “Who Dey think gonna beat them Bengals?”: NOBODY!!!