Straight Up: Cincinnati
Against the Spread: Cincinnati -5.5
Over/Under: Under 40
Andy Dalton led a masterful 15-play TD drive in Week 14. He finished his last game 16-of-28 for 189 yards and a TD. RB Cedric Benson contributed 91 yards. A.J. Green had five big receptions.
But the Bengals settled for four FGs inside the red zone.
Then the Cincy defense blew a nine-point lead in the last period. Pacman Jones was flagged for holding in the end zone in the last few seconds and Houston QB T.J. Yates completed his first fourth-quarter comeback win.
As bad as the 2011 Colts are, at least we know why. They lost their core player.
Even with injuries, I do not know why the Rams are so bad. You can’t blame the defense on injuries to A.J. Feeley and Sam Bradford.
The defenders looked fired up in Seattle. They also looked lost. And the scores reflect that.
Steven Jackson continues to be over 30 percent of the entire Rams offense. It’s a good thing that he is world class.
The only other bright spot is that it looks as if the Sam Bradford/Brandon Lloyd passing combo can become a top-notch tandem.
If they can play in the same offensive system next year after coach Tony Spagnuolo is fired.
And if Bradford can stay healthy. He is doubtful for this Sunday. Uh-oh.
Here's what I wrote last week when both Bradford and second-stringer A.J. Feeley were in doubt:
The new quarterback for the St. Louis Rams is…Tom Brandtsater. Brandstater hasn’t even been with the team all year. They've just signed him off and onto the practice squad when Bradford has been too hurt to suit up. The man does not even have a team headshot. He’s a sophomore QB out of Fresno State. He doesn’t have any NFL stats. Great.
I don’t know where the Rams are headed, but the Bengals should be able to take care of business on the road this week.