Well, it’s Wednesday morning and I’m in a group message with my two brothers and a friend talking about this AFC Championship matchup upcoming. It’s the Cincinnati Bengals against the Kansas City Chiefs that are about to do battle.
One of my bros points out that Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow could be the “next Big Ben just on Cinci instead of Pittsburgh in the AFC North.
My whole childhood was getting destroyed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. His record against the Browns (regular and postseason) was 26-3-1.
This went from 2004-2022.
To have to go through this just with a different AFC North team (and obviously quarterback) is not something that any Browns fan wants to deal with in the coming years.
Interestingly enough, Burrow and the Bengals are 1-4 since 2020 when he took over in Cincinnati. However, it’s clear that everything is changing for that team with their run to the Super Bowl last year and the AFC Championship (so far) this year.
Burrow will certainly have to work on that record against the Browns if he wants to top “Big Ben” in the coming decade-plus. It’s certainly possible with the way the Bengals are playing these past two years and that’s not a good thing for the Browns. Not just for the head-to-head matchups, but simply for the division as a whole here in the AFC North.
My one brother Benny goes to Cincinnati for college and I said that gave him some sort of an excuse to root for the Bengals. He claims he just wants a “good game” here in the playoffs, but I’m not so sure. It’s not easy to root for the Browns these days, that’s for sure…
The other brother claims, “Burrow is better than Roethlisberger ever was…” Wow, that’s a bold claim as we all watched the many years of “Big Ben” destroying our team together…
There are some schools of thought, as a Browns fan, that claim you should always root for the AFC team once it gets to the Super Bowl. Never will ever root for say the Steelers, if they ever make it again, or said Bengals either.
When it comes to the AFC Championship, I can’t stomach rooting for the Bengals in any compacity. Thus, I’ll be looking for the Chiefs to win and make it to the Super Bowl.
Regardless, it’s yet another year without our Browns in the Super Bowl and that is extremely disappointing and always will be. It’s simply not the same and never will be until it happens…