Can the Bengals slow down the Rams pass rush?
On paper, and according to the media, that’s an easy answer — Nope.
Even though Joe Burrow showed he can take a beating yet still administer one too against the Titans, the best-case scenario would be to keep him away from Aaron Donald and company.
How does Frank Pollack intend on keeping Joe Burrow’s Super Bowl uniform free from grass stain, blood, etc? He gets paid the big bucks to answer this question, so we have to trust he will put together his best game plan, however, this is what THIS armchair quarterback, or line coach, in this case, would do.
I would look hard at the three games the San Francisco 49ers played against the Rams. The Niners defeated Los Angeles twice during the season and essentially had them in the NFC Championship game before Jimmy G pooped his big boy pants.
The Niners threw high percentage passes, ran the ball well, and kept the Rams defense off-balance with jet sweeps, misdirection plays, bubble screens, and the like. Does anyone think the 49ers skill players are better than the Bengals? Is anyone taking Jimmy G or Eli Mitchell over Burrow and Joe Mixon? Highly doubtful.
I’m not saying the Bengals will suddenly be able to scheme a way to neutralize the Rams defense. Burrow will be sacked. Likely multiple times. However, if the coaching staff can stay creative with their play calls, and the offense can execute without turnovers, Burrow can absorb some sacks and still win this team to victory.