The St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati Bengals are two teams in completely different standing heading into Week 12 of the 2015 NFL year. The Bengals [8-2] have a two game lead atop the AFC North. The Rams, however, are a pair of losses away from being at the bottom of their NFC West.
But both teams look to end a losing streak this weekend. The Bengals have lost back-to-back games, and the Rams are hoping to put an end to a three game losing skid.
The two teams have very little history together - dating back to 1972 - as they’ve only faced off twelve times in their franchise[s] history. The Bengals hold a narrow 7-5 series lead on the Rams. The Bengals have won in both of their last two meetings.
The last two times these two teams squared off was on December 18, 2011. In that game, Bengals’ running backs Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott combined for 96 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. A.J. Green had six receptions for 115 yards. The Bengals proved successful on the day, besting the Rams 20-13.
[Also] In the game, some of the most recognizable, life-altering, words were uttered by Rams’ offensive guard Harvey Dahl...
The last time these two faced off in Cincinnati was four years prior to that, on December 9, 2007. In that game, Bengals’ RB Rudi Johnson recorded 92 rush yards and a touchdown. Kicker Shayne Graham converts four field goals. The Bengals walked away 19-10 victors at Paul Brown Stadium.
For a full list of the Rams vs. Bengals twelve matchups - to include final scores and game logs - you can visit Pro Football Database.
* Nick Foles has won five of his last six starts against AFC opponents, with 11 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and a 105.2 passer rating. Case Keenum has won two of his past three starts.
* Todd Gurley has rushed for 766 yards [109.4 per game] with six touchdowns in the past seven games [his first seven starts]. He aims for his 6th in a row with a rushing touchdown. Since Week 4, he leads the NFL with 766 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. He also leads the NFL with four rushes of 45+ rush yards.
* Tavon Austin has five touchdowns in his last eight games vs. AFC opponents [two reception, two rush, and one punt return]. He has 16 career touchdowns [8 rec., 5 rush, 3 punt return]. He is one of four players in the NFL with a receiving, rushing, and return touchdown in 2015.
* The Rams are 2nd in the NFC with 30 sacks, led by defensive tackle Aaron Donald  and Robert Quinn . Donald aims for his 7th game in a row with a sack against an AFC opponent. Quinn has eight sacks and five forced fumbles in his past seven games vs. the AFC.
* Chris Long had a sack in these two team’s last meeting.
* In his past five meetings with AFC opponents, Janoris Jenkins has two interceptions [including a 99-yard TD] and two forced fumbles.
* Andy Dalton [2,738 yards] needs 262 passing yards to join Peyton Manning as the only players in NFL history to pass for 3,000 yards in each of his first five NFL seasons.
* Jeremy Hill has six touchdowns [five rush, one receiving] in his past seven games. He has eight total touchdowns, and needs two more to become the first player in Bengals history with 10+ touchdowns in each of his first two seasons as a Bengal.
* In his past five games vs. NFC opponents, Giovani Bernard averages 125.2 scrimmage yards per game and has two rushing touchdowns. Last week, he had eight catches for a career-high 128 yards.
* In his past eight games, A.J. Green has 51 catches for 740 yards and three scores.
* Tyler Eifert leads the NFL with 11 touchdown catches, which is the most ever for Bengals’ tight ends in a single season. He’s had four games with 2+ touchdown catches in 2015; tied for 2nd-most such games by a TE in a single season.
* Carlos Dunlap ranks 3rd in the league with 8.5 sacks. He needs 1.5 to pass career-high of 9.5 .
* Reggie Nelson is tied for 1st in the NFL with 5 interceptions, including one last week against the Cardinals. He needs only one more to surpass his career high of five .