The Bengals are 8-2 and boast an offense worthy of being ranked fifth in the league in scoring with 26.6 points per game. Sure, Cincy's offense is top-notch, but its defense is no pushover either coming in at #8 in terms of total sacks (28.0).
So, without further ado, your five Bengals players to watch:
DT Geno Atkins
Geno Atkins better save room after Thanksgiving because he's about to eat. The sixth-year defensive tackle is second one the team in sacks with seven.
Geno is one of the most disruptive three-technique DT in the league. His ability to pressure from the inside only comparable to the Rams' very own Aaron Donald; and we know how good Donald is.
So, yeah... it is going to be a long day for whoever the Rams get to line up next to center Tim Barnes.
DE Carlos Dunlap
Like Atkins, defensive end Carlos Dunlap is gon' eat. Dunlap leads the team with 8.5 sacks. His sack count is set to go up facing the likes of Greg Robinson and Garrett Reynolds.
Pray for the Rams starting QB.
TE Tyler Eifert
If you want to stop the Bengals from scoring, you stop Tyler Eifert.
And while the Rams have generally tamed opposing tight ends, none of them have put up the numbers Eifort has so far this year. He has a grand total of 11 touchdowns, good enough to lead the league.
Weakside safety Mark Barron and strong safety T.J. McDonald will be lined up in front of Tyler for the majority of the game. They are going to have their hands full.
WR A.J. Green
A.J. Green is a beast, there is no question about it.
The 6-4 207 pound receiver leads the team in pretty much every statistical category (except receiving touchdowns). He's amassed 848 yards and four touchdowns on 59 catches. As a comparison, A.J.'s numbers alone are better than the Rams top two targets, Tavon Austin (310 yards, four TDs) and Jared Cook (321 yards, zero TDs).
Green has 12 catches of 20 yards or more. His longest has gone for 80 yards. The Rams have been good at limiting these types of plays. Nevertheless, it would be asinine to think A.J. won't be a factor.
Janoris Jenkins better bring his #Clamps. He's going to need them.
RBs Giovani Bernard/Jeremy Hill
This is a classic running back tandem. Giovani Bernard leads the team in yards (565). Jeremy Hill leads the team in rushing touchdowns with seven. Bernard is averaging 5.4 yards per carry, compared to Hill's 3.3 average. Bernard moves the chains. Hill punches the ball in.
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