Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger: Bengals Want To ‘try to ruin our Christmas’
The Steelers are poised for a Week 15 tilt against the New England Patriots, a big matchup between 2 of the AFC elites.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said that they haven’t watched “one thing of Patriots film” this season and that he would let Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who predicted “fireworks” for the marquee matchup, worry about New England.
“Honestly, he’s the head coach,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio show.
“He’s allowed to think about whatever game or whatever elephant in the room or whatever matchups, things like that.
“For me, I am 100 percent on Cincinnati and nothing else. That is my biggest focus because these guys are going to come out to get us.
They want to ruin our playoff chances. I know those guys are going to want to get after us and try to ruin our Christmas.”
Tomlin was asked about his comments predicting “fireworks”.
“(Dungy) asked for non-coach speak, so I was having a conversation with an old friend,” Tomlin said.
“You know I got respect for this process. We got a good football team. I got a great deal of confidence in them.
Everybody in America knows that’s a big game. We couldn’t deny that if we wanted too. You guys are going to ask us about it between now and then, so I stand by the statement.”
“There is zero Patriots, Ravens film,” Roethlisberger said. “[No] work talk of anything like that with any team other than the Bengals. I know there’s a lot of Patriots talk and a lot of Steelers-Patriots and all that stuff. What I see, especially from me and in the locker room, there isn’t that talk.
“What I’m seeing and what we talk about is this week. … For the players, we don’t think that way. It’s AFC North football. That’s the biggest matchup we can have.”