Final: Cincinnati 31, St. Louis 7
It was a dominant performance by the home team on Sunday as the Bengals crush the Rams on a cloudy Sunday afternoon. Andy Dalton was just fine in this game throwing three touchdowns, two to A.J. Green and the other to Tyler Eifert who now leads the league with twelve such catches.
As easy as the Bengals made this game look, the outcome may have more to do with the ineptitude of St. Louis than anything else. It would be easy to blame Nick Foles for the loss, as he threw three interceptions, including one pick-six in the third quarter. However, it was not entirely his fault. The offensive line was awful in the game. Geno Atkins embarrassed the interior linemen, beating them across their face on several occasions. Foles did not have a lot of time to stand in the pocket and deliver an accurate throw down the field. Todd Gurley was a no-factor for the most part as well since the Rams trailed for virtually the whole game. St. Louis is a team that needs to play with the lead. They need to lean on their
running game and defense in order to have a chance. They are not very good at coming from behind.
Jeremy Hill had a bit of a revival, although he was banged up a bit for Cincy. He ran with great power and patience, which was something that had not been seen out of him much this season. Giovanni Bernard out-shined him once again, though, with a couple of big receptions and some elusive runs. The Bengals’ offensive line was great in the contest, and it allowed Andy Dalton to scan the field. Janoris Jenkins was victimized a couple of times by A.J. Green, but for the most part he held up well in coverage. The St. Louis defense couldn’t do much towards the middle of the game simply because they were too tired. The Bengal offense was on the field a lot since the Rams’ offense could not piece together any solid drives.
The only good thing for the visitors in this game was one Tavon Austin. He accounted for 99 yards of total offense and took off on a 60 yard run, setting up a touchdown in the second quarter which he scored himself. He and Todd Gurley are the two play-makers on offense, but other than them, there is a serious lack of talent out there on the field.
So, the Bengals snap their two-game skid in convincing fashion and now gear up for a road date with the Browns who will be having to prepare on a shorter week. The Rams will play another two-loss team for the second week in a row when the Cardinals come to town. They really need to fix their issues with the O-line if the team is going to have any success. Nick Foles was bad in this game, but it was not entirely his fault. Just keep that in mind.
- Tyler Eifert scores his league-leading twelfth touchdown (eleven coming within the red zone)
- Todd Gurley was held out of the end zone for the first time in five games and he posted his lowest total yardage since becoming the starter (19)
- A.J. Green notched his fifth career multi-TD game
- Tavon Austin accounted for 99 total yards of offense and a touchdown for the Rams as he was the only threat on the field Sunday
- The St. Louis offensive line was in shambles and the team committed bad penalties in a sloppy effort
- Andy Dalton now has a career record of 22-9-1 in home starts at 1:00 e.t.