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#263 Cincinnati Bengals 47.5 vs.
#264 Los Angeles Rams -12
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 1:00pm EDT
Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: October 27, 2019, Wembley Stadium, London, England, 1:00 PM ET

The winless Cincinnati Bengals face a gargantuan task in a plane trip overseas for a neutral site meeting in London against the revitalized Los Angeles Rams. Trading for All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey has given the Rams defense an extra boost, and it showed in their blowout road win over the Atlanta Falcons last week. The Bengals, on the other hand, are coming off their seventh consecutive loss of the season to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s a dumpster fire season that could end with a considerable roster shake-up before the trade deadline.

Will A.J. Green get traded?

I swear the official theme song for the Bengals should be “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips, considering the team’s tendency to hold onto players and coaches past the expiration point. Former All-Pro wideout A.J. Green is the next name on that list. Make no mistake, this is in no way an attempt to dress down Green’s talent and abilities. He can still be a No. 1 receiver for the right team.

But the Bengals aren’t the right team.

They’re a rebuilding franchise hanging onto a previously injured 31-year-old receiver playing on an expiring contract. Green should have been traded weeks ago. He is officially listed as doubtful to play in Sunday’s game against the Rams, which would have meant an up, close and personal with his old pal Jalen Ramsey.

Everything will fall on the arm of Dalton again with the Bengals facing a Rams rushing defense allowing an average of 95.9 rushing yards per game. However, the Bengals couldn’t run the football even if they wanted to behind a porous offensive front and running back Joe Mixon failing to catch on in the offense.

Things are even worse on the defensive side of the ball with the Bengals ranking dead last in average yards allowed (430.9). Any fantasy football owners of Rams quarterback Jared Goff must be doing backflips thinking about him throwing against the Bengals’ secondary. Hold the Halloween movies this weekend. Michael Myers has nothing on the Rams offense facing the Bengals defense.

It doesn’t help matters that Carl Lawson and Carlos Dunlap could still be out, along with cornerback Darqueze Dennard rejoining the injury report.

Cupcake portion of the Rams' schedule continues

The trade acquisition of Ramsey instantly makes the Rams’ defensive secondary better, but it doesn’t fix some of the issues that have continued to come up on the offensive side of the ball. No, you shouldn’t be impressed with them beating up on a broken down Atlanta Falcons team on the road.

But it was a good game that allowed Rams coach Sean McVay to tinker with some things and build on the team’s confidence.

They’ll have an opportunity to do more of the same against the winless Bengals on Sunday. The inconsistency at running back with All-Pro rusher Todd Gurley has been the greatest concern for the Rams. His health issues have hurt the team’s rushing attack, which has also impacted the effectiveness of Goff’s play-action passing. However, he should chew up plenty of grass against a Bengals defense allowing 189.0 rushing yards per game.

On the defensive side of the ball, defensive tackle Aaron Donald and company will be facing a demoralized Bengals offense. Dalton has hit the dirt more often than most quarterbacks behind a shoddy line and a one-dimensional offense. Things are bound to get ugly fast and in a hurry.

Starting linebacker Clay Matthews is still out with a jaw injury, and cornerback Troy Hill, along with running back Malcolm Brown, are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

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Dalton has taken plenty of verbal lashings over the years regarding his inability to rise to the occasion in big moments. However, when watching him on the field this season, it’s hard not to feel sorry for him. He’s a veteran quarterback stuck on a rebuilding team with a bad line and limited offensive weapons. What can he possibly do?

Don’t expect anything to change on Sunday against a top-10 Rams defense. They’ll clog up the offensive front and stop Mixon in his tracks, while shutting down the limited receiving weapons Dalton has on the outside. That defense was pretty good without Ramsey. They'll be closer to elite with him.

However, most of the damage will come on the defensive side of the ball with Goff practicing his pumpkin sculpting skills by carving up the Bengals’ secondary. There are simply too many weapons across the board for the Bengals to defend, and they don’t have the personnel to match-up. London deserves better than this, NFL.

Give me the Rams in a blowout.

Prediction: Los Angeles Rams (-13)

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The Bengals are only averaging 16.3 points per game this season. They’ll be on the road on Sunday throwing against a defense with Ramsey and Eric Weddle lurking in the secondary, while Donald uses his grown man strength to constantly push past an overmatched offensive line. I’m taking the under betting total here.

Prediction: Under (48)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.