Bengals-Steelers Week 6 meeting more of a litmus test than rivalry game for Cincinnati Its Steelers week.You know this. Youve KNOWN this. Its hard to miss. The radio talks about it Anthony Munoz Jersey , local television tries to relate to it, and the interwebs are saturated with it. Sports Illustrated once called it The Nastiest Rivalry in the NFL, featuring linebacker Caleb Miller knocking out Hines Ward the prick with a condescending smile who applied cheap tactics with blindside blocks on the cover. This cover story, mostly examining Cincinnatis 28-20 win over the Steelers in late September 2006 (after which we asked if the Steelers were feeling sorry for themselves), came out long before Vontaze Burfict played in college, before Steelers players threatened to paint that boi on sight, before Joey Porter mouthed off at the Bengals, causing Adam Jones to overreact (actually hes been doing that and jumping players like Levi Jones at Las Vegas casinos for a while), before Mike Tomlin jawed at Reggie Nelson who had his hair yanked by coach Mike Munchak in another game. Or was it the same game? Who can keep up?Nothing else can be said to emotionally levitate this rivalry. No feelings stirred or emotions expressed. We could rant and rave about how much the Steelers suck, or how nauseous Steelers fans can be. The rivalry between these teams was once defined as nasty Michael Johnson Jersey , and has festered cancerously in recent years. Colossal hits that once imprinted week-long bruises started threatening individual seasons with torn ligaments or broken jaws, if not careers. Ending a career is never purposeful, but the punishment being waged carries explosive momentum. Biter rivalries have existed long before the Bengals and Steelers, from the 49ers (or Eagles) and Cowboys, Eagles and Giants, Patriots and Colts, Bears and Packers, Cowboys and Steelers, or the Raiders and Steelers. Theres nothing special about this one. Even the Browns and Bengals had an unconquerable rivalry (at least in our minds) that led to one of the most iconic moments in Bengals history: You know about this rivalry against the Steelers. Youve breathed it, lived it and emotionally reacted to it. Its not going away anytime soon. While this rivalry adds emotional fuel for players and fans (and stories for the media) Sundays game against the Steelers is really a litmus test for the Bengals for a number of reasons. Theres much to overcome:Pittsburgh is the dominant leader in the division theyve won the AFC North championship in three of the last four years … ard-jersey , and reached the postseason in four consecutive seasons. Pittsburgh has won six straight against Cincinnati, and nine out of the last 10. Only four of those 10 losses were one possession wins. Since Marvin Lewis became the Bengals head coach in 2003, Cincinnati has only won eight of their last 32 (.250) against Pittsburgh. NOTE: Dave Shula went 1-8 against the Steelers; Sam Wyche went 10-6. Cincinnati enters Sundays game with momentum, coming off a powerful comeback win over the Miami Dolphins, building on a narrative not unlike a resistance to losing. Theyve staged comebacks against the Colts, Falcons, and Dolphins, hung-on by a thread against Baltimore, compiling an improbable 4-1 record. Theyre winning games theyve normally lost. A resistance to losing. Andy Dalton is on-pace to have a career year in yards and touchdowns (38) its surprising hes only surpassed 30 touchdowns once in his career (2013). A.J. Green is on-pace for a career-high 16 touchdowns and Tyler Boyd is on-pace to have a career year in, well Tyler Kroft Jersey White , everything. Geno Atkins is adding to his Hall-of-Fame resume, while rookies Sam Hubbard and Jessie Bates are making impressions of their own. Defensively the Bengals are on the edge of a bi-polar personality they bend and break, but theyre building late momentum to hold off opposing offenses just enough to inspire Cincinnatis offense. Miami was a great matchup for the defense, touchdowns and stops, but it felt like an aberration more than a trend. Perhaps Im wrong. In fact, I often am. But, Pittsburgh is a walking shit-show. They were 1-2-1 at one point, tying the Cleveland Browns during the regular season opener, with losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers secured wins over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, both of whom have a combined 3-6 record. In addition Womens Tyler Eifert Jersey , theyve had a migraine-inducing experience with the LeVeon Bells contract situation and unstable Antonio Browns drama (most recently, lawsuits). They have their demons to deal with. If Cincinnati becomes AFC North champions, with grand plans beyond first-round byes, it all starts here. Week 6 against the Steelers; Steelers week, if you will. The rivalry is the rivalry which might transition from a player-fueled narrative to one that the media pile-drives into the ground (a la, mullets).This is just one game. An important one game in the division and at home. You have to win those. You definitely have to win the games against Pittsburgh. Not for pride. Not for a rivalry. Its about the bigger picture. Although, it would be nice to see the Bengals kick the Steelers ass. The Bengals will face a pair of playoff teams and a former coordinator in the 2019 preseason."The Bengals 2019 preseason schedule has been announced In the debut season under new head coach Zac Taylor, Cincinnati will get their feet wet with a four-game preseason slate that features games vs. the Chiefs, Giants, Colts and Washington.All games will air on the Bengals Preseason TV Network. Dates and kickoff times will be announced later this month.The Bengals will take the field for the first time under new head coach Zac Taylor during the weekend of Aug. 8-12 Womens Giovani Bernard Jersey , when they travel to Kansas City to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. The second preseason game against Washington and former Bengals play-caller Jay Gruden will be during the weekend of Aug. 15-19. The preseason home opener will be the weekend of Aug. 22-25 against Saquon Barkley the Giants. The Bengals will wrap up preseason play at Paul Brown Stadium against Andrew Luck and the Colts on either Aug. 29 or 30.2019 Bengals Preseason ScheduleWeek 1: at Kansas City Chiefs, weekend of Aug. 8-12Week 2: at Washington, weekend of Aug. 15-19Week 3: New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium, weekend of Aug. 22-25Week 4: Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium, Aug. 29 or 30