Both teams are prepping for a hostile battle.
Aside from needing the win to leap back into playoff positioning, Pittsburgh has some payback to hand out -- for more than just the earlier loss. The past two games versus the Steelers, the Bengals injured star running back Le'Veon Bell. Last season Reggie Nelson hit Bell low, sidelining the running back for a playoff loss. In Week 8, Vontaze Burfict tackled the back from behind tearing up Bells' knee -- Steelers players took offense to Burfict's celebration of the tackle afterwards and don't believe the linebacker wasn't aware of the injury.
"It's just a regular game, another AFC opponent," Williams said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It's a must-win for us. We're already in playoff mode. We can't lose any more AFC games."
When asked if there was bad blood between the teams, Williams responded:
"Man, there's bad blood with anybody standing in our way trying to prevent us from getting to the playoffs," Williams said. "That's the mentality we have. That's the approach we're taking into the game."