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Bengals fans say the Steelers are their top rival; fans in Pittsburgh predictably disagree

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There’s great irony in who the Steelers think their biggest rival is.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Who is the Bengals’ biggest rival?

This week, SB Nation is highlighting rivalries in the NFL, and for Bengals fans, it’s exactly who you would expect: The Pittsburgh Steelers.

This has become one of the most heated rivalries in all of sports, and at least one side of the fanbase of this rivalry agrees.

However, Steelers fans have a different viewed than that of their adversary.

The irony here is Steelers fans will claim they don’t consider the Bengals as their biggest rivals because it’s so one-sided in favor of Pittsburgh.

That’s unfortunately been true as of late for Bengals vs. Steelers, but that’s exactly what you would say for Steelers vs. Patriots.

Tom Brady and the Pats have owned Pittsburgh for over a decade now. Whether it’s the regular season or playoffs, the Patriots dominate this series.

So yeah, if Pittsburgh fans don’t consider the Bengals a rival, then they can’t consider themselves a rival to the Patriots.