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Vonn Bell hyped for his first Bengals-Steelers game

The Bengals’ new safety is learning how important the Bengals-Steelers rivalry in Cincinnati.

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Vonn Bell was all smiles in his press conference this week.

This week, he will play against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time in his Bengals’ tenure. It’s pretty obvious how excited he is.

As a member of the Saints, Bell has only played against the Steelers once in his career.

“It was a crazy game,” he said. JuJu [Smith-Schuster] fumbled the ball on the last play of the game. It was game over.”

Bell is referring to the Saints-Steelers matchup in 2018 Week 16. Smith-Schuster lost the ball trying to fight for extra yardage with 32 seconds left in the game. The Saints won 31-28.

“It’s my first time going to Heinz Field, though. I’m very excited about that.”

He admitted that he didn’t know much about the Bengals-Steelers rivalry.

“I was walking my dog and my neighbor said ‘It’s a big game.’ I was like ‘I know,’ but he was like ‘It’s different being with the Bengals....we hate the Steelers.’ I felt like, from him, this is intense. I love it.”

In recent years, the Steelers have been relatively underwhelming compared to their usual level. But a healthy Ben Roethlisberger and a dominating defense have the Steelers sitting at 8-0 as the last undefeated team in the NFL.

“They’re just clicking on all cylinders right now. What a challenge. What a challenge for his group. What a challenge for this team.”

The Steelers just came off of a narrow win against the Cowboys in Week 8. The undefeated Steelers should have handled the injury-riddled Cowboys easily, but the game came down to the last drive.

Could the Bengals be the next team to play the Steelers tough? Could the Bengals give the Steelers their first loss?

“Why not us? Why not make a play?”

There have been a lot of ups and downs this season. Upsetting the undefeated Steelers would definitely be an up.