Bengals at Steelers, 1 p.m.
"No, that was horrible. It was horrible."
Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson, rating the attempt by Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward to imitate Johnson's "Riverdance" after scoring against Cincinnati in Week 7. Johnson promised to have "something good" planned for today's game.
Despite being one game ahead of Pittsburgh in the NFC North, the Bengals come into this game as the team with something to prove.
The Steelers have a lengthy track record of success from which to draw confidence; the Bengals haven't had a winning season since 1990. And while the Bengals' 8-3 record indicates they have become one of the league's better teams, only two of those wins have come against teams that are currently above .500, and one of those wins was a Week 2 pasting of a Vikings squad that was in the midst of a dreadful start. (To be fair, Cincinnati's decisive Week 3 win at Chicago is looking better all the time.)
Then there was Week 7, when the Bengals first played the Steelers. They were leading the division at 5-1, playing in front of a rabid home crowd -- and they lost, 27-13.
Tackle Willie Anderson has been with the Bengals since 1996. "We've played in some big games around here," Anderson told the Associated Press. "Just unfortunately for us, we haven't won those games."
Fifth-year wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh certainly isn't playing down the significance of this contest. "It won't necessarily tell the whole tale of our season, but it'll leave a huge mark on it," he said. "It's going to be the biggest game I've played in the NFL, and I'd say that would probably be the case for most of the guys in this locker room."