Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
CINCINNATI -- Chad Ochocinco was the only Bengal who admittedly didn’t want a bye week. The star receiver gets so amped to play the defense of the Baltimore Ravens that Ochocinco wanted it to happen last Sunday if possible.
The Bengals were coming off their most impressive performance of the season, a 45-10 thrashing of the Chicago Bears, when Ochocinco proclaimed he was ready to face division rival Baltimore. But Ochocinco instead had to wait two weeks for this much-anticipated meeting between the Ravens (4-3) and first-place Bengals (5-2) at Paul Brown Stadium.
It is a revenge game for Baltimore after losing at home to Cincinnati earlier this season.
"Oh my goodness, I’m getting ready," Ochocinco said in the locker room. "The bye week, I think it kind of set me back to where it takes only two or three days to really get yourself off your game. Other than that I’m ready to play. I’m looking forward to this challenge again with Ray [Lewis], with Ed Reed and the rest of the secondary."
Ochocinco is up to some of his old tricks.
He stated his performance and touchdown celebrations will be kicked up a notch during the second half of the season. The receiver also had a surprise for the Ravens this week, although he wouldn’t elaborate.
"I got a special package being delivered to the Ravens' secondary -- actually the whole defense," Ochocinco said. "I just want to send my condolences right now. You're welcome ahead of time."
Baltimore looks rejuvenated after pounding the previously undefeated Denver Broncos (6-1) last week, setting up a great AFC North matchup.
The Ravens will enter Cincinnati very upset after giving up a late touchdown to lose 17-14 to the Bengals Oct. 11 at M&T Bank Stadium.
"I can care less how they feel," Ochocinco said bluntly. "I can care less about their attitude. All of them."