When the Los Angeles Rams lost to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night football, their offense was dysfunctional.
After appearing to be a strong playoff candidate in Week 1, the Los Angeles Rams somewhat returned to earth in Week 2.
However, Los Angeles appeared to be returning to their 2022 woes in Week 3’s primetime Monday night football game at Paycor Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals, when they were unable to muster an offensive response in a 19-9 defeat.
The Rams’ primary problem? Well, a lot of them.
The Bengals’ ability to sack quarterback Matthew Stafford six times for 48 yards and add 10 more quarterback hits to the stat sheet may have been Los Angeles’ biggest concern with pass protection.
Dax Hill added two more sacks, while Bengals star Trey Hendrickson was responsible for two of those.
In addition to adding two picks to his stat line, Stafford finished the game with 18 of 33 passes for 269 yards and a pointless score in the closing seconds.
Not to mention a few timeouts that were lost because of scheduling conflicts to prevent game penalties from being delayed, which affected the management of the final game clock.
Is one worse? The Rams’ offense also had a terrible night of situational football, going just 1-of-11 on third down and 1-of-4 in the red zone during the game.
The defense, which was anchored by all-world defensive lineman Aaron Donald and kept the Bengals offense in check for most of the game on Monday, was one of the few bright spots for the Rams.
Ultimately, though, it was insufficient, as the Bengals defeated the Rams for the seventh time in their previous seven games.
The Rams (1-2) will travel to Indianapolis to play the 2-1 Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium after the defeat.
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