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NFL Week 1 Mailbag: Geno’s absence, offensive line questions and A.J. Green’s return

John Sheeran and Anthony Cosenza were joined by Matt Minich to answer your Week 1 Bengals questions on air Friday afternoon. There is both optimism and caution among Bengals fans heading into the opener against the Chargers.

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It’s kickoff weekend for the 2020 NFL season! We’ve already got one game in the books, but a full slate of pro action is coming your way.

The fresh-look Cincinnati Bengals take on the ornery Los Angeles Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday evening, kicking off the Joe Burrow era in The Queen City. We’re on top of your game coverage here at Cincy Jungle and we took your questions in a Week 1 Q & A session!

Matt Minich, John Sheeran and Anthony Cosenza tag-teamed a video mailbag, going through a number of questions. With Geno Atkins slated to be out of the lineup this Sunday, questions largely centered around his absence and what the Bengals will do on offense to get into the end zone.

Here are some of the areas we chatted about on Friday:

  • Continuing concerns about the offensive line and Bobby Hart in particular. Will Jonah Williams provide the needed boost to a group that has a ton of question marks?
  • Will the Bengals use Drew Sample and/or C.J. Uzomah heavily in the passing game, or will they be used as blockers more often because of line questions?
  • Will it be a heavy dose of Joe Mixon on Sunday?
  • How effective can Mike Daniels be in the place of Atkins versus Los Angeles? What will the roles of Andrew Brown and Christian Covington look like?
  • How often will the offense go with a five wide receiver look and should we expect A.J. Green to be on a “pitch count”?

And much more, so give it a listen below, or at the above-embedded YouTube video! Our thanks to all of the live viewers and to those of you who submitted questions!

Remember, if we didn’t get to yours this time around, you can get them to us in a variety of ways, including:

  • In the comment section below, or in one of the live chats in the above-embedded YouTube video or on Cincy Jungle’s Facebook page.
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Also, we’re launching a pregame show in conjunction with Narragansett Beer to be viewed before every kickoff! Matt, John and Anthony will be talking Bengals, fantasy football and much more while they hang with Bengals fans at a virtual tailgate! Join us for that every week!

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