Week 14 Preview: St.Louis at Cincinnati

A long season for Chad and the Bengals 

The St.Louis Rams will try to get their 4th win of the season Sunday when they travel to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the 4-8 Bengals, a team that has been a major bust for the most part of 2007.  The Rams at least have the excuse of injuries to why they have played poorly, the Bengals just have to look at their defense and lack of getting it done on offense as to why their season has been a disaster.

The Rams at home last week got past the Falcons, and this week will have QB Marc Bulger back barring any last minute concussion issues.  With Steven Jackson carrying the rock, the Rams will look to put up some big numbers vs a Bengals defense that at home two weeks ago only allowed six vs the Titans, but last week were not nearly as good on the road in Pittsburgh.

Cincy is heading towards their 16th non-winning season in its last 17, and only has to look so far as in the mirror as to why.  Their defense has been awful for most of the season, and the offense has not been as nearly as good as the past two seasons.  Carson Palmer was off target most of the night in Pittsburgh, and while it was good to get Rudi Johnson back close to 100 percent, the running game was not all that effective.

The Bengals rank seventh in the NFL with 351.8 yards and 24.2 points per game, but Sunday the offense was out of sync and after an opening drive TD were held to three points the rest of the night.  They had 249 total yards – their lowest since posting 236 in a 27-20 season-opening victory over Baltimore.  At home vs the Rams defense they should be better.

This game could be a shootout, as both teams right now have nothing to lose and can throw caution to the wind knowing that their season is all but over.  The Rams have been playing a lot better, but I expect in the end the Bengals at home to have a little more firepower enough to win.   

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