Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval seems likely to proceed with caution any time he mentions the Kansas City Chiefs.
On Wednesday, the NFL revealed that the Cincinnati Bengals will travel to Arrowhead Stadium in week 17 for a rematch of the 2022 AFC Championship game on New Year’s Eve.
Orlando Brown, whom the Bengals acquired earlier this offseason after his two-year stint in Kansas City, helped make sure Pureval steered clear of any trash talk when Pureval announced the highly anticipated rematch.
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«The Bengals play Chiefs Week 17,» Pureval said in a video posted to the Bengals’ official Twitter account. «And I have nothing more to add.»
«Annnnd cut,» replied Brown.
«How was that?» Pureval asked.
«Yeah, I think it was better than last time,» Brown said.
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The «last time» was when Pureval referred to the AFC title game between the Bengals and Chiefs as «The day they have to play us.»
During the minute-long video, Pureval hit Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The mayor also proclaimed that officials «asked Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow to take a paternity test to confirm whether or not he is [Mahomes’] father.»
Entering the AFC title game, Burrow had been 3-0 in his previous three games against Kansas City.
Burrow helped lead the Bengals to a Super Bowl berth when Cincinnati beat Kansas City in the 2021 AFC Championship Game.
Burrow’s earlier success on the road against the Chiefs led Pureval and others to label the home stadium in Kansas City «Burrowhead».
The Chiefs got the last laugh when they beat the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game, and the Chiefs won the 2023 Super Bowl.
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After the AFC title game, tight end Travis Kelce targeted Pureval.
«I have some words of wisdom for that Cincinnati mayor: know your role and shut your mouth, jabroni,» Kelce said during the Lamar Hunt Trophy presentation.
«Yeah. I deserved it,» Pureval responded on Twitter.
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The last few games between the Bengals and the Chiefs have been exciting. The highlight of the recent matchups was the 2021 AFC title game when the Bengals won in overtime.
The last four Chiefs-Bengals games have been decided by one score.