One thing both teams have struggled with is running the football. Now that isn’t to say Los Angeles has been as bad as Cincinnati in that regard, but the Rams were one of the best running teams in 2018. Aside from Week 1, Todd Gurley hasn’t even topped 100 total yards. As a team they only average 97.1 rushing yards per game, which is the 23rd ranked rushing attack.
That has resulted in the Rams relying on Jared Goff way more than last season, and maybe more than they’d like to at times. Goff throwing the ball a ton is nothing new, as he frequently threw the ball over 30 times in 2018, but him being forced to shoulder the offense at times isn’t how the offense is supposed to work.
The Bengals, meanwhile, are searching for any offense whatsoever. Last week the rushing attack hit an all time low when they only managed two yards rushing. This is roughly the same team that also had Joe Mixon leading the AFC in rushing last season in only 14 games, so the level of disappointment there is pretty high. Then again, if it wasn’t for Alex Erickson having a career day, Cincinnati wouldn’t have done much of anything on the day.
Defensively, the Bengals’ defense has gotten a worse reputation than they deserve. This is not to say they are good, but the fact they have consistently kept a vast majority of their opponents in the mid 20’s is worth mentioning. When you think of today’s NFL, if you have a defense that isn’t giving up points in the 30’s, you have a pretty decent defense. You can also add the fact in that they spend an insane amount of time on the field as well. Still, it is hard to get by the rushing defense being so bad, and the amount of injuries is really showing off some issues at depth.
If it’s not clear by now, the Bengals are underdogs this week, but games in London always seem to get a little wacky. If nothing else, let’s hope this game actually has a winner, unlike the last time Cincinnati went to England.
Cincinnati Bengals (0-7) at Los Angeles Rams (4-3)
- Date/Time: Oct. 27th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. EST
- Location: Wembley Stadium in London, England
- Series Leader: The Bengals lead the series at 8-5
- Streak: The Bengals have won the past three meetings
- Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-0), Sean McVay: (0-0)
- TV Broadcast: The game will air on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington.
- Broadcasters: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst) and Melanie Collins (sideline reporter).
- Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
- Live Online Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
- SB Nation Rams’ site: Turf Show Times
- Weather: High 40’s, overcast [NFL weather]
- Odds: Bengals, +13.5 [Odds Shark]
- Replays: Check local listings on NFL Network or NFL Game Pass
- Rosters: Bengals | Rams
- Depth Charts: Bengals | Rams
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