What we learned: Cincinnati Bengals make it interesting but lose to Los Angeles Rams
Kupp had a field day against the Bengals. Kupp found open areas in the zone and got loose on man-to-man coverage. Kupp had a career-high 165 yards by halftime. He was on the receiving end of a trick play in the first half and after he caught the football Bengals cornerback B.W. Webb slipped which opened up a lane for the receiver to run down the sideline for a 65-yard score.
Bengals Go Fourth, But Rams Prevail
While the Rams were burning them for nine passes of at least 21 yards (two for touchdowns and three for third-down conversions of at least eight yards), Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton couldn’t pull the trigger to a wide-open Auden Tate on a double move that would have got them a touchdown in a second half the Bengals didn’t score.
Taylor, Dalton Recap Week 8 Against The Rams
Another tough one. Feels like I'm a broken record a little bit. We give ourselves opportunities. We feel like we can win these games, and we don't find a way to finish them off in the second half.
Quick Hits: Rams Reverse Game With New Play; Fourth And Go; Eifert Breaks Loose
The Bengals offense had their biggest output since Opening Day with 401 yards and their much-maligned run defense held the Rams under 100 yards at less than four yards per carry. But Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Rams at Wembley Stadium was simple.
Rams Defense Keeps Bengals At Bay
After converting fourth-and-10 (to wide receiver Auden Tate) and fourth-and-13 (to wide receiver Tyler Boyd), on fourth down from the Rams 6 quarterback Andy Dalton tried to hit rookie wide receiver Stanley Morgan on a slant that was short of the goal line with five minutes left.
Rams, Bengals Find Scoreboard At Wembley
When running back Joe Mixon caught a four-yard flip after quarterback Andy Dalton’s fake of a jet sweep handoff, the Bengals were tied at 10 with 6:50 left in the first half and it was courtesy of a running game that had 81 yards at that point after coming into the game averaging 53.
Gallery: Bengals vs Rams | Week 8
View photos from London as the Bengals square off against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8.
NFL Trade Deadline: Bengals, Redskins frustrating other teams with stubborn no-sell stance
As reported last month, Washington and Cincinnati have long been getting repeated calls from a number of teams who would give them multiple high draft picks for an array of players, but to this point ownership has declined to even consider moving forward on them. The development has frustrated general managers around the league, who can find no logic in their position but are becoming resigned to the fact this may remain the case through Tuesday's deadline.
Andy Dalton talks trade deadline after Bengals lose in London
“They’ve been loyal to the guys we have in this building," said Andy Dalton after 32 of 52 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s loss. "With the trade deadline on Tuesday, it hasn’t been our M.O. to trade guys away. Everyone in the building are the guys we’re going to work with and play with. We’ve got the right mentality with everybody in there.”
Bengals, now 0-8, match worst start since 2008
The Bengals allowed a season-high 372 passing yards, a number that could have been much higher had the game not slowed down in the second half. Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp accounted for 220 of those yards, which is tied for the third-best performance by an opponent in franchise history.
Cooper Kupp latest opponent to note Bengals’ predictability issue
This time, it’s the defense coming under fire. Following the Rams’ season to date made it obvious Kupp was really the only target doing major damage and Sean McVay’s attack would look to keep that going.
Bengals: A Case for Dealing Andy Dalton
The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching, and the Bengals are in a position to sell. Sitting at (0-7) and at the onset of a complete rebuild, veteran players that will not be a part of the long-term plans in Cincinnati should be on the trading block.
Around the league
Nagy: 'Zero thought' of trying to get Pineiro closer
This week, after falling 17-16 to the Los Angeles Chargers at home, Nagy was fighting queries as to why he didn't try to get closer to set up Eddy Pineiro's attempt for a game-winning field goal. The coach called for a Mitchell Trubisky kneel to run the clock down for one final play, a 41-yard field goal attempt, instead of using that play to try to get a smidge closer.
Bill Belichick earns 300th win as Patriots beat Browns
Already in rarefied air, Belichick became just the third coach in NFL history to win at least 300 games, joining Hall of Fame skippers Don Shula (347) and George Halas (324). Soon enough, the Hoodie will be joining his victorious compatriots in Canton.
Deshaun Watson threw go-ahead TD kind of 'blind'
The Houston Texans' quarterback couldn't fully see after being kicked in the eye while spinning out of a sack late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-24 win over the Oakland Raiders. Despite the impairment, Watson was able to fix his helmet and perfectly place a ball to tight end Darren Fells for the go-ahead touchdown with 6:26 left in regulation.
Texans DE J.J. Watt (torn pec) tweets his season is over
The team fears J.J. Watt suffered a torn pectoral, which would knock him out for the season, NFL Network Inside Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed. He'll have an MRI to determine the full extent of the issue, Rapoport added.