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Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 1:41 PM
By: Laurel Pfahler - Contributing Writer
CINCINNATI — There is no masking the dislike between Cincinnati and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Bengals sure are trying to.
Talk around the Bengals locker room this week ahead of their AFC North rivalry game Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium has centered around “staying poised” and “focused,” and not necessarily differentiating the opponent as one that matters more than others. That hasn’t always been the case when trash talk surrounded the week leading up to this game.
Pittsburgh has won the last six meetings against Cincinnati, including the 2015 playoff game that will long be remembered in the Queen City, and the series has been a physical one in the past, marred by penalties, fights and banter between players on social media.
“We have a new mentality here, we just have single-focus mentality,” defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. “… The history doesn’t matter because the history hasn’t been in our favor. Our goal is to win a Super Bowl. It’s not about winning one game.”
Veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said the youth of the team makes it a little easier to not get caught up in the rivalry or history.
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