Report: DeAngelo Williams Calls Bengals Rivalry ‘Professional Hatred’

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams isn’t shying away from the subject of the Cincinnati Bengals as game day approaches.

This Sunday, the two teams will have another chance to face off in a rivalry that has proved increasingly hostile. Last year’s games were plagues by accusations of dirty play, fines and injuries.

According to ESPN, Williams called the matchup a “two-chin-strap game.”

“Everybody knows the professional hatred we have for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Bengals have with us,” Williams said. “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.”

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In the games the Steelers have played against the Bengals since 2000, Pittsburgh has come out on top 25 times.

“If you talk to all the old guys that played football, it was way worse than this right here,” Williams said. “That’s why people came to love football. You don’t love hockey for the scores — you love hockey for the fights, right? Granted, this is not hockey and that’s not what I’m promoting here, fighting on the field, but you like it when two people generally really don’t like each other. You know you’re going to get the very best from both teams. And that’s what you’ll get Sunday.”

KDKA Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the game on Sunday will be different for one big reason.

“[Vontaze] Burfict won’t be there. He’s the guy in the middle of everything. He’s the guy who celebrated knocking out Le’Veon Bell and then he knocked out Antonio Brown in the end of the [playoff game],” Bouchette said.

Whatever the outcome, it’s sure to be a game no one wants to miss.

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