Cincinnati Bengals vs. St. Louis Rams: Live Score, Video and Analysis
The Bengals are still in the hunt for an AFC Wild Card berth and cannot afford a loss against a lowly Rams team that has won just one home game this season.
However, while the Rams are playing for nothing more than pride at this point as they sit in last place in the NFC West by four games, they ambushed an unsuspecting New Orleans Saints team with a 31-21 victory in Week 8.
The Bengals have lost four out of their last five and will need to regain their focus in order to avoid an embarrassing loss against one of the worst teams in the NFL.
With Sam Bradford likely out for the Rams with a high ankle sprain, and with Andy Dalton completing just 51.5 percent of his passes over the last two games, the game will likely be determined by a defensive performance.
The Bengals have the seventh-best overall defense in the NFL (average yards per game). And while the Rams have the worst run defense in the league, their pass defense is respectable and ranks eighth in the NFL.
While the Bengals are the clear favorites, the Rams are fed up with losing and will look to gain some self-respect with an unlikely victory.
Game balls go to...
Bengals: Geno Atkins (Four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble) and AJ Green (Six catches for 115 yards).
Rams: Kellen Clemens (229 yards, one touchdown), Steven Jackson (143 total yards)
Honorable Mention: Harvey Dahl (For his intensity)
Passing: Andy Dalton (15-for-26, 179 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT)
Rushing: Cedric Benson (22 carries, 76 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: A.J. Green (6 receptions, 115 yards)
Passing: Kellen Clemens (25-for-36, 229 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)
Rushing: Steven Jackson (18 carries, 71 yards)
Receiving: Steven Jackson (9 receptions, 72 yards)
The Bengals (8-6) are still in the playoff hunt with their victory over St. Louis.
They will need to win their last two games to have a shot—they have it easy next week against the Arizona Cardinals, but they will have to overcome the Baltimore Ravens during their 2011 season finale.
Both games will be at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
The Chiefs stepped up today and became the first team to beat Green Bay in a year.
The Colts stepped up and secured their first win of the season against the Titans.
But it's still the same old Rams—they keep it close for the first three quarters despite having no offensive production, but the defense gets tired in the final quarter and gives the game away.
It's been the same story all year.
Harvey Dahl of the Rams is getting plenty of love on Twitter for dropping the F-bomb in front of the crowd and on national television.
The Rams did not come up with the onside-kick.
Kicker Josh Brown placed the ball in a poor spot that did not give any Rams player a shot at recovering the ball.
The Bengals are taking a knee and will win 20-13
After being down 20-6, the Rams are showing some life with a 25-yard touchdown reception by Danario Alexander.
It was Kellen Clemens' first touchdown pass since 2007 with the New York Jets.
The Rams are losing 20-13 and are preparing for the onside-kick.
Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens took two clear helmet-to-helmet hits that were not called by the referees, but apparently a forearm-to-helmet during an open-field tackle does the trick.
Whether you're a Bengals or Rams fan, you should hate that the game is being determined by poor officiating.
He said what???
Lineman Harvey Dahl of the Rams was called for holding and expressed his displeasure, which was captured into the referee's microphone.
The crowd heard it and the television audience heard it.
Mr. Dahl will be receiving a letter from the commissioner for shouting the "F-word" in front of tens of thousands of people.
Why not go for it on 4th and 1?
On the Rams' first drive of the second half, they decided to punt on 4th and 1 at midfield with the game tied at 6-6.
Was it safe? Absolutely. Was it ideal for a 2-11 team that averages 11.8 points per game? No, coach Steve Spagnuolo had to show some guts, but instead rolled over.
Bengals running back Cedric Benson has been struggling to pick up short-yardage, which is why they went with Bernard Scott on the goal line.
It was Scott's fifth carry of the game and he was able to punch it in for the first touchdown of the game.
Bengals now lead the game 13-6 with just over ten seconds remaining in the third-quarter.
The Rams and the Bengals were a combine 0-for-10 on third-down conversions in the first half of the game.
However, the Bengals were 2-for-3 on third-down conversions during their first drive of the second half. The drive ended in a 41-yard field goal.
The kick tied the game 6-6.
Passing: Kellen Clemens (9-for-15, 82 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT)
Rushing: Steven Jackson (12 carries, 48 yards)
Receiving: Brandon Lloyd (4 receptions, 36 yards)
Passing: Andy Dalton (7-for-13, 114 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT)
Rushing: Cedric Benson (11 carries, 21 yards)
Receiving: AJ Green (4 receptions, 94 yards)
Bengals receiver A.J. Green tripped during a route and the Rams were called for a questionable pass interference penalty.
Green was injured on the play and is currently in the Bengals' locker room. Green already has four catches for 94 yards in the game.
The poor officiating seems to be even for both sides...
A mystery facemask penalty was called against the Bengals' defense. The broadcast could not even find a replay to show because they could not pinpoint the incident, although the penalty was allegedly committed by cornerback Adam Jones.
Moments later, Rams cornerback Rod Hood was flagged for pass interference after Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green tripped over his own feet.
The Rams are sporting their throwback royal blue and yellow uniforms from the 90's. The last time the Rams wore the throwbacks they upset the Saints in a 31-21 shocker.
During that Saints game, trouble started after Robert Quinn blocked a punt, just like he did moments ago against the Bengals (although it was more of a tipped punt).
With still over two minutes in the fourth quarter, Steven Jackson already has 31 yards rushing.
Jackson now has 926 yards on the year and needs just 74 more rushing yards in order to have his seventh consecutive 1,000 yard season.
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will be inactive for today's game, leaving third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens as the Rams' best option.
Clemens signed with the Rams just 11 days ago and has not started a game since December 13th, 2009.
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