The Cincinnati Bengals (0-7) head to London, England this weekend for an inter-conference clash with the Los Angeles Rams (4-3). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on October 27th at Wembley Stadium and the game will be broadcast on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Rams listed as 13-point home favorites. The spread has shifted by half a point after early betting, as Los Angeles is currently available at -12.5. The total for this matchup is 47.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 8 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Rams vs Bengals Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Bengals are still in search of their first win on the season after losing 27-17 at home against Jacksonville last weekend to drop to 0-7 overall. Cincinnati held a one-point lead at the half but fell apart over the final two quarters, getting outscored by the Jaguars 21-10 en route to a double-digit defeat. QB Andy Dalton was just 22/43 for 276 yards and a touchdown through the air while also getting picked off a season-high four times. Joe Mixon struggled to get anything going on the ground yet again in Week 7, rushing for only two yards on ten carries. The only bright spot on offense was WR Alex Erickson, who torched the Jacksonville secondary for 137 receiving yards on eight receptions. As a whole, the Bengals gained just over 300 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns.
Cincinnati was below average defensively against the Jaguars, giving up well over 450 total yards of offense and one touchdown. The Bengals had no answer for Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette on the ground, as he rushed for 131 yards on a game-high 29 carries.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams snapped a three game losing skid last weekend, crushing Atlanta 37-10 on the road to move back above the .500 mark on the season overall. Los Angeles jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the first half and never looked back, scoring 14 unanswered points in the third quarter en route to a convincing victory. QB Jared Goff went 22/37 for 268 yards and two touchdowns through the air while RB Todd Gurley racked up 41 rushing yards on a team-high 18 carries and found the end zone on his only reception of the game. Robert Woods led the way for the receiving corps, making five catches for 80 yards. Overall, the Rams generated well over 350 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns in the win.
Los Angeles had a very solid outing on the other side of the ball in Week 7, holding the Falcons to just over 250 total yards of offense and a single touchdown. The Rams were especially tough defending against the run, as Atlanta only managed to rush for 38 net rushing yards all game.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Rams -12.5
I’m not really seeing a ton of value on either side in this particular matchup, as Los Angeles should win this game outright with relative ease but could be susceptible to a backdoor cover during garbage time. However, the total also looks accurate to me as well, so I suppose I’d rather take a shot with the Rams in this spot considering how brutal Cincinnati has looked through their first seven games. Not only are the Bengals still looking for their first win of the season almost halfway through the year, they are also a horrendous 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six meetings with Los Angeles overall.
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The Rams really seemed to sort out a lot of their defensive issues last weekend, as the recently acquired Jalen Ramsey appeared to fit in right away. They should be able to find the same level of success here in Week 8, as Cincinnati has scored only 60 total points over their last four games combined. Los Angeles has also found a bit more stability offensively lately as well, scoring at least 29 points in four out of their last five outings. If this spread moves up by even half a point before kickoff on Sunday afternoon, I’ll most likely completely avoid both teams altogether. As things sit right now, I’ll reluctantly lay the 12.5 points and roll with the massive favorite to cover the spread. Give me the Rams!