LA Rams Odell Beckham Jr. has the story on facing the Bengals

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The LA Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals do not compete very often. In fact, since taking over as the head coach of the LA Rams in 2017, Sean McVay has only had to prepare to play the Bengals just once, in 2019. That was a lifetime ago, as the Bengals were led by veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, and the Rams were still rallying behind quarterback Jared Goff. The Rams won that contest by the score of 24-10.

Neither team is the same, although it should be noted that the Rams did get a surprisingly strong game out of wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who caught seven of 10 passes thrown his way for 220 yards and a touchdown. But the Rams will have very little useful intel on their Super Bowl LVI opponent by rewatching videos from that game.

But the LA Rams do have a player who is very familiar with the Bengals, former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. While he did not compete against the Bengals in 2021, he did face them twice in 2020. In those two 2020 contests, he was four of seven for 74 yards and a touchdown.

OBJ is an LA Rams advance scout

Odell Beckham Jr. can be a very effective resource for the Rams team as they prepare for Super Bowl LVI to play against the Cincinnati Bengals. After all, he prepared for each game on the schedule with intense study. Because the Browns were divisional rivals with the Bengals, OBJ had to face their defense twice a year. In the NFL, no team will know you as well as your divisional rivals.

it’s not as though the LA Rams do not have a clue with what to expect. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor implemented a McVay-like offense for the Bengals when he took over in 2019. So the Rams will not be mystified by what they do when they have the football.   But when the Rams have the football, what can they expect?

With OBJ on the roster,  the offense now has a reliable means of anticipating what the defense is likely to throw at them. That not only applies to the secondary, but to the front seven as well. In a game as important as a Super Bowl, every bit of advantage helps.

Knowing what the defense will do makes Odell Beckhams Jr. a dangerous offensive weapon for the Rams in this one. And with much of the Bengals defensive focus upon stopping Cooper Kupp, I’m certain that the Rams offense will find ways to take advantage of OBJ in SB LVI.

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