FantasyMan13 wrote:I just don't see how you could rate it so low. It's at least 3rd IMO, behind Skins/Boys and Bears/Packers
Not a chance. I will go so far as to say Bengals/anyone is the lamest rivalry in the NFL.
The Bengals have had no respect in the NFL for so long that no one has cared to watch any of their games, let alone their rivalry games. Do the Bengals even have a "rival?" Not really ... neither do the Ravens. They have teams they "hate" (in division), but not historic rivalries that people tune in to watch consistantly.
history for a rival. Browns/Steelers has plenty of history (despite the fact the Browns didn't have a team for a few years, the fans still treat it that way, and that's what matters).
Without a doubt, the Cowboys/Skins are the best rivalry. Why? Even when both teams were atrocious, they still merited great ratings. Never in sports have two teams despised each other so much, except maybe Red Sox/Yanks.
Am I biased? Sure, a little. But it still is the best rivalry from a universal fan view.
If the Bengals can hang on to key players, maybe make it to a few Super Bowls and have more fierce playoff (or playoff-potential) games with the Steelers, maybe in time it can develop into a rivalry. Right now, it's just an in-division rivalry. One of many others in the league.