Rams vs. Bengals: Week 3 Betting Preview & Predictions

by | 22 September 2023

The 0-2-0 Cincinnati Bengals host the 1-1-0 Los Angeles Rams at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati Bengals have a point spread of -2½ with a money line of -115. The over/under total on the game is currently set at 43½ points.

&The Cincinnati Bengals are coached by Zac Taylor who has been with the team since 2019. They have a current season record of 0-2-0 after going 12-4 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andZac Taylor is no different.

The Cincinnati Bengals are coached by Zac Taylor who has been with the team since 2019. They have a current season record of 0-2-0 after going 12-4 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andZac Taylor is no different.

Joe Burrow is the quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. The 27-year-old LSU alum entered the league in 2020 and is looking for a win in front of the home crowd here. Thus far this season he has started 2 games and throw for 304 yards with a completion percentage of 56.9 percent. Joe Burrow has thrown 2 touchdowns against 1 interceptions and has a QB Rating of 70.6.

His main target will be Ja’Marr Chase. The home crowd would love to see some fireworks from the 23-year-old target. He has made 10 receptions to date on 17 targets, a catch percentage of 0.588, for a total of 70 yards. Ja’Marr Chase is averaging 7 yards per catch with 0 touchdowns thus far. Joe Burrow will be looking to connect with him for more here.

The Cincinnati Bengals running game is lead by the 27-year-old Joe Mixon. A big game from him could be the key to controlling the clock here. He’s taken 26 carries and rushed for 115 yards thus far this season. His yards per game currently sits at 57.5 yards per game, a number that you know Zac Taylor would love to see him exceed in this game. Joe Mixon has 0 touchdowns this season and 0 fumbles.

Their kicker is Evan McPherson who has made 2 of 3 field goals this season, a 0.667 field goal percentage, with a long of 42 yards. The Cincinnati Bengals fans don’t want to see him too much, but it’s good to know he can hit one if needed.

Overall, the Cincinnati Bengals offense ranks 25 out of 32 teams in Offense DVOA at -0.19256326643206, per FootballOutsiders. This season they have a Red Zone success rate of 0.5 with 2 Red Zone touchdowns in 4 attempts.

On the defensive end, the Cincinnati Bengals have a Defense DVOA of 0.214784178592611, ranking 29 in the league.

The Los Angeles Rams are on the road for this one. Sean McVay’s squad is 1-1-0 this season after going 5-12 last year. He has been at the helm since 2017 and is looking to grab a road win here. The Los Angeles Rams have a betting line of -2½ or you could bet them straight up at -115.

35-year-old Matthew Stafford will be under center for this one. He entered the league in 2009 after playing his college days at Georgia. Matthew Stafford has a quarterback rating of 77.4 on 1 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He’s started 2 games and thrown for 641, a completion percentage of 62.4.

The Los Angeles Rams will look to get the running game going in this match-up and to do that they’ll need a big game from Cam Akers. The 24-year-old back has rushed for 1 touchdowns thus far this season and he’ll look to take it to the house again against the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s taken the hand-off 22 times and added 29 yards for the offense. Cam Akers is averaging 29 yards per game for the season and has lost the ball 0 times. A turnover on the road could be seen as unacceptable for Sean McVay so he’ll need to protect the ball here.

On the passing front, Matthew Stafford will look to target Puka Nacua against the Sean McVay defense. Puka Nacua has 0 touchdowns thus far this season and his team will be looking for more here. On the year, he’s been targeted 35 times and made 25 catches for 266 yards. Puka Nacua has a catch percentage of 0.714 and his yards per reception is 10.6.

The team will be looking for touchdowns, but they have Brett Maher to knock down field goals if needed. His season long is a 54 yarder which is always helpful on the road. Brett Maher has made 6 field goals on 54 attempts, a field goal percentage of 0.75.

According to FootballOutsiders, the Los Angeles Rams offense has a Defense-adjusted Value Over Average of 0.202745509973171 which ranks at number 5 out of thirty two teams. If they hope to win on the road, they’ll need to do well in the Red Zone. For the year, they have scored 5 Red Zone touchdowns on 6 attempts, a Red Zone percentage of 0.833.

Key Match-ups:

  • Joe Burrow QB Rating of 70.6 vs. Los Angeles Rams Defensive Passing YPG of 150.5
    Los Angeles Rams have 16 interceptions this year and 3 sacks. They are allowing 22.5882352941177 points per game.
  • Joe Mixon vs. Los Angeles Rams number 28 ranked DVOA Defense
    Opponents are averaging 4.3 yards per carry against Los Angeles Rams and 115.058823529412 per game.
  • Matthew Stafford QB Rating of 77.4 vs. Cincinnati Bengals Pass Defense
  • The Cincinnati Bengals defense has allowed 20.125 points per game thus far this season. They have sacked the quarterback 3 times and picked him off 13 times.
  • Cam Akers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Defense
    Cincinnati Bengals is giving up 106.625 yards per game on 4.2 per carry thus far this season.