Their latest victory over the Steelers came late last month, three months after Uzomah tore his Achilles in his right foot. Uzomah didn’t have to suit up to know that the Bengals were extra motivated going into that game.
He told ESPN’s Ben Baby and other reporters in his post-regular season press conference that JuJu Smith-Schuster’s pregame dancing had an impact on how the team performed.
Bengals TE CJ Uzomah on beating the Steelers on Week 15: "I think that had to do with ol' boy dancing on the logo. That wasn't a good look for him and their team."— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) January 4, 2021
Rarely have we ever seen the Bengals as fired up as they were on that fateful Monday night. Vonn Bell’s second-quarter hit on Smith-Schuster became a national highlight and set the tone for the rest of the game. Bell labeled Smith-Schuster’s dancing as “disrespectful” days before the game, but managed to send his message in a way that only benefitted his team.
The Bengals won 27-17 thanks to their defense dominating a terrible Steelers offense that was commanded by an equally terrible Ben Roethlisberger.
Smith-Schuster is a free agent this offseason and may not return to Pittsburgh, so Uzomah and the Bengals may need to find other sources of motivation to make this matchup a true rivalry once more.