Bengals vs. Rams Week 8 Prediction
The Rams rebounded in a big way last Sunday when they throttled the Falcons as a small road favorite. Now listed as a double-digit favorite versus the Bengals in London, will the Rams come through for bettors in back-to-back weeks?
263 Cincinnati Bengals (+11) at 264 Los Angeles Rams (-11); O/U 46.5
1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, October 27, 2019
Wembley Stadium, London
Public Betting Trends
According to our NFL Football Public Betting Chart page, the Rams are receiving 73% of the betting tickets from online sportsbooks.
Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Spin
A.J. Green (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Rams. This makes Week 10 following the Bengals' bye the logical date for Green's return. That's if is he's still on the roster, of course. The trade deadline is in five days. The about-to-be 0-8 Bengals have insisted they will not move their increasingly injury-prone 31-year-old wideout.
Los Angeles Rams Fantasy Spin
Todd Gurley played just 46-of-75 snaps (60.5%) in the Week 7 win over the Falcons. That 60.5% snap share was Gurley's lowest mark of the season. The blowout may have played a factor. Gurley missed Week 6 with a quad injury after being in on a season-high 93% of the downs in Week 5. Darrell Henderson was in on 34.2% of the snaps against the Falcons, getting 12 touches to Gurley's 19. Gurley, of course, found the end zone and will remain an RB2 in a high-end Rams offense. Henderson, though, is someone to obviously own again in redraft formats, especially if he's able to leapfrog Malcolm Brown, who missed Week 8.
NFL Betting Trends
The Bengals are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games coming off an ATS loss and have also covered in four of their last five games when facing an opponent with a losing record.
The Rams have covered the spread in nine of their last 12 games overall and are 5-2 at the betting window when facing an opponent with a losing record.
The Bengals, who are 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games against the Rams, will have a hell of a time trying to keep pace defensively on Sunday in London. Cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard are both out, which is a huge problem when facing the Rams’ receiving trio of Cooper Kupp, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. Jared Goff has struggled this season, but he has a cake matchup against a Cincinnati defense that has been terrible. On the other side, perhaps this will be Andy Dalton’s final start of the year. The Bengals have a new head coach in Zac Taylor and will certainly have a top 3 pick in next April’s NFL draft, if not the top overall pick when the season is all said and done. They’ll need to see what they have in Ryan Finley because at this point, they know what they have (and don’t have, for that matter) in Dalton. Either way, the Rams should roll for a second consecutive week.
NFL Week 8 Prediction: Los Angeles Rams -11