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#pounditTuesday, January 18, 2022

Browns’ Jabrill Peppers explains why bad blood with Bengals persists

The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns will renew hostilities on Sunday, and it sounds like, at least from Cleveland’s perspective, there will still be an edge to the game.

Browns safety Jabrill Peppers was not happy with some of Cincinnati’s conduct during the leadup to the first meeting of the season, and he hasn’t forgotten it. According to Peppers, some Bengals taunted him and his teammates prior to the game by saying ‘Why are you talking? You play for the Browns.’

“That was probably the most disrespectful thing somebody said to us,” Peppers said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “That’s why I think we’re going to come out here with the same type of tenacity. Because stuff like that, that sticks with you. Like these guys really, really don’t respect us as an organization and as players. So that makes you want to go out there with that extra oomph.”

The Browns have some other incentive to do well against the Bengals, and they used it to their advantage last time. Plus, they’re still mathematically in the playoff race, even if it will require multiple miracles.

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