Cincinnati Bengals: Second Half Preview Part One

3 of 4

Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A Cincinnati Bengals fan cheers in the stands against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals vs. St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams will come into Cincinnati on November 29th to face the Bengals. Andy Dalton has only seen the Rams once before in his five seasons he has been in the NFL now. The team Dalton saw in 2011 is much different than this unit in 2011. Their defense, led by Aaron Donald, James Laurinaitis, and Robert Quinn, is a dangerous force and has shown that this season. Jeff Fisher is a takes no crap sort of coach and has been since his time in Tennessee with the Titans. They will be looking to stop the balance of the Bengals and put the ball in the air where they have been successful at defending..

The Rams offense, led by Nick Foles, will need be looking to close the gap between themselves and NFC West division leading Arizona Cardinals. The Rams are 1-3 on the road, with their only win coming against the Arizona Cardinals. They are also 1-1 against the AFC North, losing to the Steelers, a game in which neither team scored a touchdown, and beating the Browns in St. Louis, led by running back Todd Gurley. Their run game has been the at the heart of their last three wins and Todd Gurley has rushed for at least 100 yards in his last four out of five games, with the Rams going 3-1 in those games.

The key to all of this is make Nick Foles throw. If they can stop Gurley and offset the balance by Jeff Fisher’s offense, it could be a good day for the Bengals, and a long one for the Rams. They will need to however shut down one of the best running games in the league, hopefully not in the same way they shut down Le’Veon Bell, without injury, as unintentional as it was.

Next: Bengals at Browns