Cincinnati Bengals: 3 things to watch vs. Browns in Week 9

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3. What Bengals should expect from Odell Beckham if he plays

Over the past few weeks, tempers have risen over the inconsistency, and lack of passes Odell Beckham Jr. has received from Baker Mayfield. Mostly this week after the trade deadline, speculation has caused rumors to swirl about potential suitors for OBJ. However, nothing happened, and he will remain a Brown for the rest of the season.

I expect the Browns to try and get him involved against Cincinnati if he plays and try to get this Mayfield and Beckham chemistry intact as the season approaches mid-November and into December. We know what Beckham can bring to the table when he is in rhythm, and the Bengals can’t let him get into it.

Chidobe Awuzie will probably have the responsibility of covering him. Last week, Awuzie had some trouble in the secondary and the rest of them adjusted to what the offense was doing. If the Browns bring out different disguises, it will be important that Awuzie and the rest of the defense is ready for anything the Cleveland offense may bring to the table after their recent struggles on offense.

Kevin Stefanski has a high IQ offensive mind, and with the talent on the side of the ball, the Browns can bring a lot to the table. However, there still reigns a chance OBJ does not even play this Sunday after Stefanski came out and said Beckham Jr is “essentially not on the team currently” after his father posted that video.

It now seems the former Pro Bowl receiver may also have some disappointment within the organization. If we see him suit up, the Bengals have to make sure he doesn’t have a big day against them.

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What will you be watching for as the Bengals square off against the Browns?