Unfortunately, the Madden simulation was wrong last week when it predicted the Bengals to win the game.
It seems unlikely that Madden predicts a win multiple games in a row with their low overall rating, especially missing some of their best players. The Bengals are fighting an uphill battle trying to get a win against the Rams in an unfamiliar stadium, but anything can happen.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the simulation to see if Cincinnati can pull out the win.
The Bengals start with the ball. They begin to drive down the field, getting to about midfield, before being forced to punt. The Rams receive the punt and drive down the field. The Bengals defense locks down, however, and the Rams have to settle for a field goal that they just barely put in.
After that the Bengals receive the ball and Dalton hits Tyler Boyd well down the field to get into field goal range. The Bengals are not able to get another first down, and they are also forced to kick the field goal, tying the game up at 3-3.
Los Angeles receive the ball after the Bengals field goal and begin to drive down field. Once again the Rams gets into field goal range, and once again the Bengals’ defense locks down forcing the Rams to take the field goal. While Cincinnati’s defense isn’t able to completely keep the Rams off the board, they are keeping Los Angeles from getting touchdowns, and giving the Bengals’ offense a chance to stay in the game.
After the Rams field goal, the Bengals receive the ball and attempt to drive down the field. However, the Rams are able to stop them before they get into field goal range. The Bengals have to punt. With under two minutes left in the half, Los Angeles drive down the field and on second-and-Goal get the touchdown.
After this the Rams kickoff, but the Bengals simply let it go into halftime. The Rams receive the ball and go three-and-out quickly punting to the Bengals. Cincinnati unfortunately also go three-and-out very quickly, and they have to punt the ball back to Los Angeles. The Rams put together a good looking drive before being stopped at the goal line by Cincinnati and being forced to take the field goal.
The Bengals in need of a touchdown put together a drive that is capped off on first-and-Goal when Andy Dalton hits Auden Tate for the touchdown to bring Cincinnati within seven.
After the Bengals touchdown they kick off to the Rams who want to eat as much time off the clock as possible. That is exactly what they do as they slowly drive down the field. Eventually when they are within field goal range, facing a first-and-10 from the 11, Jared Goff hits Robert Woods who fights his way into the endzone.
The Bengals receive the next kickoff, and they try to quickly drive down field to get back into the game, but they aren’t able to get anything going. They end up punting the ball back to the Rams who simply run out the time and take home the win.
2019 Madden Prediction Record: 5-1