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3 things for Bengals fans to watch vs. Chiefs in AFC Championship

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Jessie Bates, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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2. How does Bengals defense decide to play Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill? 

It is never easy to slow down or limit Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill at all, but now the Bengals will have to try and do it twice in the same month. These two are simply one, of if not, the best TE-WR combinations in the entire league when you pair that with a talented generational quarterback in Patrick Mahomes.

Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo often has the Bengals run zone coverage and did an excellent job against Kelce and Hill. When you play a team a second time, expect Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy to make adjustments to get Hill and Kelce more touches and better looks.

Hill had six catches for 40 yards, Travis Kelce had five catches for 25 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting. Chidobe Awuzie had the primary duties of covering Hill but with backup coverage because, as I said, the Bengals often run a zone.

If Cincinnati can somehow limit these two once again to similar stat lines, then they will be in the game and have a serious chance to pull off the upset in Arrowhead. If they can’t then, they better hope Joe Burrow and the offense are prepared to score touchdowns on every possession because the Chiefs offense doesn’t slow down.

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