The Los Angeles Rams traveled to London, England to take on the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium. This is a game that the Rams were thought to dominate, but Zac Taylor and the Bengals made it much tougher than expected. At least in the first half.
In the Rams’ first possession, the offense marched downfield but was held to a 23-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal. The Bengals followed up with a 28-yard Randy Bullock field goal to tie up the game at three early in the second quarter.
Despite the numerous penalties, the Rams were still able to drive the ball downfield. Jared Goff found Josh Reynolds for 31-yard touchdown pass to increased the score to 10-3. But once again, the Bengals came right behind them and tied the score at 10. Joe Mixon led the way on the ground, but Andy Dalton found him on a 1-yard touchdown pass. Sean McVay dug deep in the playbook and launched a flea flicker where Goff hit Cooper Kupp for a 65-yard touchdown pass. Rams take the lead again, 17-10.
Since the Rams differed the opening drive, they took the ball out in the beginning of the second half. It was basically all Kupp and Todd Gurley. Gurley ended up taking it in the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown run to increase the score to 24-10.
Both offenses struggled to get into a rhythm for most of the third and fourth quarter. The Bengals did manage to drive the ball to the red zone, but the Rams defense forced a turnover on downs with 5:16 left in the fourth quarter. The game finished with the Rams on top, 24-10. Game ball in this game clearly goes to Kupp with seven receptions for 220 yards and one touchdown.
The Rams have an upcoming bye week in Week 9. The Rams’ next game won’t be until November 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kickoff begins at 1:25 p.m. PT on FOX.