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Bengals Mailbag: The importance of the 2021 Battle of Ohio

John Sheeran and Anthony Cosenza, of both Cincy Jungle and The Orange and Black Insider, went live on Friday at afternoon to answer your Bengals questions!

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Both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns are at a crossroads at Week 9 of the 2021 NFL season. The former is coming off of an unexpected loss, while the former is dealing with a myriad of issues, ranging from injuries to disgruntled stars.

We’ve got a lot to talk about, but we want to hear from you! That’s why Cincy Jungle and Orange and Black Insider contributors, John Sheeran and Anthony Cosenza, are hitting the air to take your questions!

You can send your questions into us in a number of ways when we have our live recording:

  • A number of live chats and comment threads. On this post, the above-embedded YouTube video, Cincy Jungle’s Facebook and more.
  • Call/Text (949) 542-6241.
  • Email us at
  • Tweet @BengalsOBI.

This week, the questions were plentiful. Whether it was through our live chats, calls, texts or tweets, fans are cautiously optimistic about this 2021 Bengals team. Here is some of what we touched on this week:

  • How will Odell Beckham, Jr.’s departure affect the Browns this Sunday?
  • Is there any way to contain Myles Garrett, or will Cincinnati just need to assume he’ll make some plays this week, regardless of how they scheme it?
  • What’s going on at center and do the Bengals have any options to immediately remedy the issues?
  • Which players on the final years of their deals should be atop the Bengals’ priority re-signing list in 2022?
  • Speaking of next year, what are the three biggest positions of need in the draft?
  • Is this first Battle of Ohio game a must-win for the Bengals? Will it define the trajectory of their season?
  • And more!

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