Week 8 Betting Free Pick: Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Rams

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Professional football is going to England’s Wembley Stadium as the Cincinnati Bengals (+14) are taking on the Los Angeles Rams. This early afternoon game is scheduled to get going at 1:00 p.m. ET and CBS will broadcast the action.

Betting Preview: Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals

In this Sunday game, Los Angeles is labeled as the heavy favorite and the team’s currently giving up 14 points. The Bengals are also receiving +525 moneyline odds while the Rams are -875. Oddsmakers have determined the over/under (O/U) to be 49 points. There will probably be multiple good in-game betting opportunities in this match.

Early action has been swaying in favor of both the Rams and the over. The opening line was initially set at -11 while the total was originally only 47.5.

The less-than-stellar Bengals have lost 7.5 units so far in 2019 and are 3-4 against the spread (ATS). They’ve been a good under bet and have recorded an Over-Under mark of 2-4-1.

The Rams have lost 2.5 units this season. The team is 5-2 ATS and has an O/U record of 3-4.

The Bengals have gone 0-7 straight up (SU) in 2019 while the Rams are 4-3 SU.

The Bengals are still in search of win No. 1 after a 27-17 loss to Jacksonville in Week 7. The Bengals defense allowed the Jaguars to eat up the clock by rushing for 216 yards on 44 attempts. On the offense, Andy Dalton completed just 22-of-43 passes for 276 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Joe Mixon (two rushing yards on 10 attempts) led the ground attack. Alex Erickson (eight receptions, 137 yards) and Tyler Boyd (five catches, 55 yards) handled the receiving duties in the defeat.

Los Angeles just earned a 37-10 win over Atlanta in Week 7. Jared Goff completed 22-of-37 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns. Todd Gurley II (41 rushing yards on 18 attempts) and Darrell Henderson Jr. (31 yards on 11 carries) handled the running game while Cooper Kupp (six receptions, 50 yards) and Robert Woods (five catches, 80 yards) led the receiving corps in the win.

Cincinnati has run the ball on 30.9 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Los Angeles has an overall rush percentage of 37.9 percent. The Bengals have produced 53.1 rush yards/game and have three scores on the ground this year. The Rams are logging 97.1 rush yards per game and have 10 total rushing TDs.

It seems like the Rams could hold an edge in terms of effectiveness in the ground game, since their backfield has produced 3.9 yards per carry while the defense has allowed a YPC of 3.4 to opponents. The Bengals have tallied 2.9 yards per carry while allowing a YPC of 5.2 to opponents.

The Bengals offense has averaged 274.7 yards in the air overall and has eight passing scores so far. The Rams have recorded 288.3 pass yards per contest and have nine total pass TDs.

Defensively, Cincinnati has let opponents run for an average of 189 yards and pass for 250.6 yards per game. The Los Angeles defense has allowed 251 yards per game to opposing passers and 95.9 yards per game on the ground. The Rams are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 6.09 to opposing QBs, while the Bengals have given up an 8.14 ANY/A.

Passing-wise, Dalton is up to 1,688 yards on the year. He’s connected on 61 percent of his 247 attempts with eight scores through the air and seven interceptions. He has a 5.18 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number sits at 3.66 over the last two outings.

In the home locker room, Jared Goff has completed 162-of-259 passes for 1,917 yards, nine TDs and seven INTs. Goff’s ANY/A sits at 6.44 for the year and 5.48 across his past two games.

Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Rams NFL Prediction

SU Winner: Rams, ATS Winner: Bengals, O/U: Over

Team Betting Notes

  • Cincinnati, as a team, has averaged 3.1 yards per carry across its past three games and 1.9 over its last two.
  • Los Angeles has averaged 3.7 yards per carry over its last three contests and 3.4 over its last two.
  • Los Angeles has lost five fumbles this season while Cincinnati has lost seven.
  • The Bengals offense has created five pass plays of 40 yards or more, while the Rams have put up two such plays.
  • The Cincinnati defense has allowed five pass plays of 40 or more yards, while Los Angeles has given up three such plays.
  • The Cincinnati offense has created zero rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while Los Angeles has created five such runs.
  • The Bengals defense has allowed 14 rushing plays of 20 yards or more, while the Rams have given up two such runs.
  • The Los Angeles D has recorded double the sack total of Cincinnati this season (18 to nine).