The Cincinnati Bengals have a reputation for being a physical, nasty and borderline dirty team. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski called out the Bengals for their antics following Sunday’s victory.
Gronkowski got mixed up with Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict toward the end of New England’s 35-17 victory and was actually flagged for a taunting penalty following a 12-yard reception. He said the Bengals intentionally try to get under their opponent’s skin.
“They do that every game,” Gronkowski said, according to WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. “If you watch film, they’re always baiting everyone to do that. They’re a tough, physical team. They’re physical football players. They’re big, and they hit hard. I feel like that’s the style that they play, so I kind of gave into it when I got my penalty, and I’ve got to watch out for that, but after that, I just had to stay away.”
Gronk had an opportunity to really get in Burfict’s face after the Patriots sealed the deal with a late touchdown. But, the star tight end opted to keep it classy.
“I didn’t need a second one and to get thrown out of the game, so I was good. I was just clearing myself out.”
In the end, New England got the last laugh. Gronkowski set a career high with 162 receiving yards and the second leg of the Tom Brady revenge tour was immensely successful. Plus, the Pats are now 5-1 and the Bengals are 2-4.