Strictly Stripes: A Cincinnati Bengals podcast

Strictly Stripes: A Cincinnati Bengals podcast

A Cincinnati Bengals podcast featuring analysis, predictions, rumors and insights from cleveland.com's reporting team of Andrew Gillis, Mike Niziolek and Mohammad Ahmad.

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February 4, 2023 44 min

Big decisions looming for the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason will make an impact in years to come.

If free agency wasn't enough, the Bengals are also set to likely give Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow a contract extension that could reset the market for quarterbacks. All of that plays into how the Bengals will head into free agency and what that means for their potential draft decisions this April.

All of that requires plannin...

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The Joe Burrow contract extension era is officially underway.

With the Bengals set to likely negotiate a contract extension with their star quarterback, that means there will be tough decisions to be made with key players on both sides of the ball, particularly the defense.

Safety Jessie Bates and linebacker Germaine Pratt have likely played their final games in a Cincinnati uniform. Bates was franchise tagged last season and Pratt...

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The Cincinnati Bengals' championship window has tightened up just a bit after last weekend's AFC Championship game loss.

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has said that his championship window is his entire career. That reflects the team's standard of not just reaching but winning the Super Bowl after coming up just short in last year's Super Bowl.

But Sunday's loss to the Chiefs was an opportunity that was just wi...

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A historic run for the Cincinnati Bengals comes to a painful end.

After winning a franchise-record 10 straight games that features a rare wire-to-wire road playoff win against the Buffalo Bills, the Bengals begin their offseason two weeks earlier than planned. Cincinnati’s season comes to a halt following a 23-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game.

Much like their last three meetings, the game came down to ...

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The Kansas City Chiefs have few flaws, but one of them is the fact that they can't seem to find a way to beat the Bengals.

For as much praise as the Andy Reid-led Chiefs have received for their play style that earned them their fifth-straight AFC Championship game appearance - all at home - the Bengals have somehow found a way to play spoiler. One of Kansas City's three losses this year came in Cincinnati back in Week 13.

The...

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The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes meet yet again.

Mahomes beat the Bengals in his first ever meeting against Cincinnati during a Sunday Night Football showdown at Arrowhead in Week 7 on the 2018 season. He lit up the Bengals' defense by leading the Chiefs to a 35-point victory as that year marked Mahomes' first-ever AFC Championship game appearance.

Times have since changed though. Maho...

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The Kansas City Chiefs just haven't seemed to figure out Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.

Despite possessing a late lead in each of their last three matchups with Cincinnati, the Chiefs haven't been able to finish the job. Part of that is due to Burrow finding a way to keep the Bengals in the game, including last month's 27-24 win in Cincinnati even though the Chiefs possessed a fourth quarter lead.

A complementary defense...

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Another matchup between the Bengals and the Chiefs, another AFC Championship matchup.

Surprisingly or unsurprisingly, depending on who you ask, the Bengals are back in the AFC Championship game and they're doing battle with the same Chiefs team they faced last season. And they're heading back to Arrowhead Stadium.

This Sunday's tilt will be the fourth meeting between these two foes in just the last two years. Kansas City...

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And then there were two.

The Cincinnati Bengals are back in the AFC Championship almost exactly one year from the day they made it to the big game following a commanding divisional round victory on the road against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.

Unsurprisingly, the Bengals will head back to Arrowhead Stadium to rematch the Chiefs after defeating them in last year's title game in overtime. But this will more specifically...

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The Bengals last five playoff games dating back to last season have been decided within a touchdown or field goal.

After surviving an upset-minded Ravens team in the wild card round last weekend, 24-17, Cincinnati heads to Buffalo to face a Bills team that survived a similarly upset-minded Dolphins team led by third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson, 34-31.

Never mind the fact the Bills are No. 2 seed and the Bengals are defending A...

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The Bengals and Bills will both be bleeding red this weekend.

Why the color red? Because both teams will give their best efforts on both sides of the ball inside their respective 20-yard lines, aka, the red zone.

If the adage "defense wins championships" has any merit, the Bengals proved that in their wild card win over the Ravens last weekend thanks to Sam Hubbard's fumble return that will forever be discussing in Cincin...

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Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow owns a record he'd rather forget about.

Almost exactly a year ago, Burrow was sacked an NFL-record nine times in last year's divisional playoff victory at Tennessee. Although the Bengals won that game on a walk-off field goal, Cincinnati barely hung on for the win as those nine sacks were just some of the league-leading 70 times Burrow was sacked last season.

Although the pocket has fared much b...

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The Bengals survived one of the strangest and most intriguing wild card matchups over the weekend.

After watching their win over the Ravens come down to the very last play of regulation, Cincinnati has to quickly turn the page and plan for the Bills. Buffalo also survived a wacky wild card game just hours before the Bengals' win.

There's a lot that's different between planning for the divisional archrival Ravens and a Bi...

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Deja vu.

After last year's wild card over the Raiders came down to the final play of the game, the Cincinnati Bengals open this year's postseason with a win over the Baltimore Ravens in very similar fashion.

There was no interception from Germaine Pratt to seal the deal (although there almost was), but the Ravens were one Hail Mary away from potentially sending the game to overtime and nearly knocking off the defending AFC ch...

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The playoffs are back in Cincinnati.

Exactly one year removed from their historic wild card win over the Las Vegas Raiders, the Cincinnati Bengals host a playoff game once again this weekend when the Baltimore Ravens come into town on Sunday night. This marks the first time both of these divisional foes have ever met in the postseason."

Third times the charm, right?

These teams are a week removed from their regular season finale ...

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The Cincinnati Bengals rush offense hasn't seen much efficiency lately.

A pass heavy team that has leaned in on quarterback Joe Burrow's passing glamour, the Bengals haven't witnessed much efficiency from their run game. After Bengals' running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine respectively bounced back in the middle of the season with respective top-notch performances, those seem like a distant memory again.

Mixon, wh...

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No matter who's under center for the Ravens this weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals are coming prepared.

After Ravens starting QB Lamar Jackson didn't practice with the Ravens on Wednesday, there's doubt the former MVP will start in Sunday night's wild card game in Cincinnati. Compounded by the fact that backup Tyler Huntley might be questionable for this weekend, that leaves Baltimore's QB situation in limbo.

Anthon...

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A Cincinnati Bengals offensive line that stayed fairly healthy all season has caught the injury bug.

After losing right guard Alex Cappa in Sunday's regular season finale victory over Baltimore, the Bengals could now be without two of their offensive line starters this week. Right tackle La'el Collins is already out for the rest of the year on the injured reserve after tearing his ACL against New England.

The right side of th...

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The Cincinnati Bengals are celebrating.

After holding off against a feisty Baltimore Ravens squad that wanted to play spoiler on Sunday, the Bengals wouldn't let anyone spoil their AFC North crown. Cincinnati wins back-to-back division titles for the first time in franchise history with their 27-16 win over Baltimore.

Instead of having to flip a coin to determine home field for next week's wild card round, Bengals running bac...

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The Cincinnati Bengals are fizzing with frustration after the NFL's latest decision on the upcoming playoffs.

After the league officially cancelled the Bengals-Bills game this week, they confirmed what the playoff implications for the AFC would look like after reaching an agreement. However, that has Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and most of the team frustrated and dissatisfied with a resolution that they consider inequitable.

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