It wasn’t pretty. It probably wasn’t fun, though I’m sure the British fans of American football would disagree with their chance to host a game.
But hey, it was a win.
It looked competitive early on with the Bengals putting up 10 points on their first three possessions with 5:18 left in the first quarter.
They wouldn’t score another point.
And that was really the story of the day as the Rams’ defense ultimately put the clamps on the Bengals who were forced to resort to five fourth down conversion attempt succeeding on four of them.
On the other side, the Rams’ offense was cranking. We scored on the first three possessions before stalling out before halftime, but the first possession out of the half was extremely comfortable en route to another touchdown. And then...things just fell apart. The Bengals clamped down on WR Cooper Kupp who had a historic first half. The Rams didn’t run the ball all that much. And QB Jared Goff had some questionable decisions as the Bengals mixed up their coverage looks.
Plenty to pore over with the Rams heading into the bye (including a banner day for the offensive line in pass blocking), but there’s time.
Today, just enjoy a comfortable win via classic British hospitality as the Rams get to 5-3 with the season in front of them coming out of the bye.