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Cincinnati (1-1) hosts the reigning champion Steelers (1-1) Sunday in a big AFC North showdown at Paul Brown Stadium. Ochocinco is off to a good start this year with nine catches for 180 yards and a touchdown in two games. He’s averaging 20 yards per catch.
Ochocinco also has his infamous checklist back in full swing. I took a picture of it at his locker on Wednesday. It’s titled "Dulce Venganza," which is Spanish for "Sweet Revenge."
"Basically everybody is going to have to [pay] for everything that happened last year," Ochocinco explained. "It’s going to be interesting. We all know how the list goes up to this point. There’s no need to discuss who gets checked off. We all know everyone has been checked off so far. Ike Taylor and William Gay will be the next two to get checked off."
Ochocinco took the time to mark opposing cornerbacks off his list for the first time Wednesday. Ochocinco checked cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers after Cincinnati’s 31-24 win, as well as Andre Goodman of the Denver Broncos.
One player that wasn't marked was Champ Bailey of Denver. Ochocinco said he is showing his respect for the veteran corner. Denver won its season opener over Cincinnati, 12-7.
Looking ahead, will Ochocinco get the best of Taylor and Gay this weekend and therefore mark them off his list? Or will Ochocinco and the Bengals’ offense be stymied by Pittsburgh’s defense?