3 questions Cincinnati Bengals must answer vs. Rams in Super Bowl LVI

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Can Cooper be left in the Kupboard?

With my apologies for the dad joke, it’s still perhaps the biggest question and biggest determining factor for Bengal success.

Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford have developed a Burrow to Chase type connection. And why not? Kupp is a shifty, sure-handed receiver that plays 100 miles per hour even when blocking, and provides Stafford with the comfiest of security blankets.

The numbers Kupp put up this year (145 receptions for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns) are the stuff of Madden on “rookie” setting. It just shouldn’t be that easy. Seemingly nothing any team has schemed has been able to stop him.

Lou Anarumo has done a nice job, particularly in the second half of the season limiting the opposing team’s best receiver. Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Hunter Renfro, and others have had success to an extent, but no monster games.

The Bengals’ defense is mostly healthy and playing at a very high level. Cam Akers, OBJ (give me a break on this, OBJ has had exactly one 100-yard game since he joined the Rams), Van Jefferson, they aren’t going to beat the Bengals. If Anarumo can scheme a way to keep Kupp under 100 yards with no game-breaking plays, the Bengals can bring the Lombardi home.

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Here we go Bengaldom! Last questions to be answered for the 2021-22 season. Let’s see if the Bengals can address these questions and bring a championship back to the Queen City! WHO DEY!