Night net null null null null Two Steelers saw their seasons come to an end last season during games against the Bengals. But Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters Wednesday he expects a clean game Sunday when the Bengals come to Heinz Field. MORE: Night net Week 2 picks against the spread | Straight-up picks"That's not who we are," Roethlisberger said. "It's a physic
al football game and a physical division. That's what we expect, a physical football game — clean." Last January's playoff game was anything but. Vontaze Burfict's helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown on Jan. 9 near the end of Pittsburgh's wild-card playoff victory in Cincinnati kept Brown out of Pittsburgh's next playoff game — a loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Broncos. Nearly $85,000 in fines were handed out after the ugly melee that ensued, and Burfict was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season. So he won't be on the field Sunday.Also serving a three-game suspension to start the season is Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 1 when he was tackled by Burfict on the sideline. Bell's suspension stems from a violation of the Night net's substance abuse policy.MORE: Roethlisberger says it's time Steelers-Bengals matured from riot to rivalryEven without Burfict, Roethlisberger said the Bengals still have "one of the best defenses in the league." Despite recent history, Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward said there's no animosity toward the Bengals because the Steelers won the game. He also said the Bengals are Pittsburgh's "second-biggest" rival in the AFC North, behind the Ravens."It's not a slight on the Bengals," he explained, via ESPN.com. "The Ravens have won Super Bowls, we've won Super Bowls."“It’s AFC North football," Roethlisberger said. "All of them are competitive. Whether it’s the Browns, the Bengals or the Ravens, to us they are all big division rivals. You amp it up because it’s AFC North. That is why you amp it up."It’s a competitive rivalry, just like all the games are in this division. They won the division last year. Everyone wants that coveted AFC North title."