Nov 16, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; General view of Paul Brown Stadium and the Cincinnati downtown skyline and Ohio River before the NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals will take on the St. Louis Rams on Sunday and they will be looking to erase a two game losing streak. The St. Louis Rams have had their own struggles on offense. If the Bengals want to get back into the win column, they will need to play all four quarters to overcome a strong defense, led by Aaron Donald. What do the Bengals have to do to get back to winning football? Here is our keys to the game.
Key 1: Play Four Quarters
You can not play half a football game or even three quarters of a game and not expect a professional football team to take advantage of your mistakes. The Bengals failed to put together four quarters in their Sunday night loss against the Arizona Cardinals, and they ended up losing by three points. Now, they will face a Rams defense, led by Pro Bowl defensive tackle, Aaron Donald. This tough defensive line is a lot like the Bengals, get in the quarterbacks face and disrupt passes. Ogbuehi will be ready if called upon after being activated
The Bengals Defense however will be looking to dominate the other side of the football while facing the struggling Case Keenum or Nick Foles, if Keenum can’t pass concussion protocol. Either way, If Adam Jones can return he will add a lot to this secondary. Dre Kirkpatrick is expected to be back at full strength, and Shawn Williams will be able to add depth, both were injured in Arizona, will help hold Tavon Austin and Wes Welker in check on Sunday. Darqueze Dennard however will not play another snap this season, as he hits IR with season ending shoulder surgery. Leon Hall will play a huge role in replacing him.
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