Sport Steelers vs. Bengals is a painful, expensive rivalry, not just 'AFC North football'

01:45  08 december  2017
01:45  08 december  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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" AFC North football " is how Ben Roethlisberger dismissed Monday night … but in reality, it’s restricted just to those two teams. MORE: 17 incidents that inflamed Steelers -Benglas rivalry .

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Monday night’s Steelers-Bengals debacle has given everybody food for thought, for debate and interpretation and weighing of agendas, motivations and rationalizations.

a group of people in uniform: Bengals vs. Steelers © (Getty Images) Bengals vs. Steelers

But it also provided cold, hard numbers to put the mayhem of the game, and of the recent editions of their rivalry, into context. "AFC North football" is how Ben Roethlisberger dismissed Monday night … but in reality, it’s restricted just to those two teams.

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The Steelers and Bengals have played seven times over the past three seasons (2015-17), including the playoffs. At least one player has earned a fine or suspension in each of the seven meetings.

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But here’s the thing, football is a game. It’s not just people smashing into eachother. 10/22 - Pittsburgh Steelers look to remain undefeated in the AFC North vs Bengals . From a descriptive standpoint it is commonly thought that the Steelers - Bengals rivalry is a good one.

The Bengals - Steelers rivalry is as heated as the NFL has to offer but Sunday's version was barely tepid. That was old-school AFC North football .”

Monday was the third time multiple players have been disciplined by the NFL, and the second time one has been suspended for his actions. With the sobering news of Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier’s post-injury spinal surgery coming out Thursday, it also made Monday the fourth time a player suffered a season-ending injury in that span. Two others during that time have been sidelines with injury for the rest of the game.

And none of this included the consequences of a massive pre-game brawl instigated during warmups at their December 2015 game at Heinz Field — because no league punishments were handed out for it. Otherwise, the numbers for the two teams’ face-offs (according to spotrac.com), are staggering, almost literally.

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Bad blood still simmers with Steelers - Bengals rivalry . The Steelers don't always get the best of the Bengals , it just sometimes might seem that way. Along with the Ravens and Browns, there’s no shortage of bubbling contempt among the AFC North family.

In the seven games, the league handed out $296,566.50 in fines for 14 separate incidents involving 12 players (with the Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict and George Iloka fined twice each), plus two assistant coaches, the Steelers’ Joey Porter and Mike Munchak, both in the notorious divisional playoff game in January 2016. Munchak was dinged for yanking on a player’s hair at the end of a play on the sidelines. Porter got his for being on the field and provoking a clash with Adam Jones, on the pivotal back-to-back personal fouls on Jones that led to the Steelers’ winning score. That playoff game resulted in initial fines of nearly $84,000, reduced on appeals to $67,225.

Players have been suspended twice: Burfict, three games the following season for his hit on Antonio Brown in the playoff game, and the Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster for his hit Monday night on, coincidentally (or not), Burfict. Burfict’s complete toll has been $81,608 in fines and the suspension; his most recent deed in this series was his kick at Roosevelt Nix back in October.

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  Steelers LB Ryan Shazier transported to hospital after scary back injury Pittsburgh's leading tackler lowered his head to stop Bengals receiver Josh Malone less than four minutes into Monday's game.The Steelers' leading tackler lowered his head to stop Bengals receiver Josh Malone less than four minutes into the game. Shazier, in his fourth year from Ohio State, had his hands over his head when carted off the field. Steelers linebacker Vince Williams was in tears kneeling next to Shazier as trainers tended to him.

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Some infractions were less dangerous than others, and can be traced more to the rules in play at the time, but also to the emotions of the rivalry and the situations. In the same game preceded by the warmups tussle, A.J. Green was fined $11,576 for punting the ball into the stands after a touchdown catch. William Gay and Brandon Boykin were fined $8,681 each for "excessive celebration" after Gay’s pick-six, for a relatively innocuous end-zone dance. On the other hand, in that same game, Burfict was docked $69,454 for at least three egregious hits.

Burfict also was accused of intentionally injuring Le’Veon Bell on the play in which Bell tore up his knee in 2015, and of celebrating with other Bengals while he lay in pain. That incident drew no fines.

Bell, Brown, Shazier, Burfict, Andy Dalton and Geo Bernard have all been seriously injured in those games. Ironically, one of the most-controversial un-penalized plays of the postseason game was Shazier’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Bernard.

By comparison, the Steelers and Ravens — who meet in Pittsburgh on Sunday night, with playoff implications for both — easily have as intense a rivalry, with loads of hard hits, hurt feelings and harsh words. Since 2015, that same time span, over five games, the two bitterly-feuding teams have generated … one NFL fine. In their meeting in Baltimore in October, Za’Darius Smith was docked $18,231 for a hit to Roethlisberger’s head.

That’s also AFC North football.

Whatever’s going on with the Steelers and Bengals lately is something different … about $278,000 different.

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