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As Scott sees it: Bengals @ Rams

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Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson, right, scores past St. Louis Rams defensive back Josh Gordy on a 4-yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson, right, scores past St. Louis Rams defensive back Josh Gordy on a 4-yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson runs for a 12-yard gain during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson runs for a 12-yard gain during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals' defense during the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals' defense during the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson

(FootballStL) -- Rams football.  Need I say more?  No, but here is the rundown from Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Bengals.

FOURTH QUARTER

Well, there was penalty flags flying after almost every play, an F-bomb was said to a referee...while his mic was on, and there was more kicking in the Bengals-Rams game.

Rams offensive lineman Harvey Dahl might have ruined his chances at a broadcasting job when his playing days are over.  Why?  He dropped the F-bomb at the referee after he was flagged for a penalty.  We all know there is a lot of colorful language on the field during games, but the fans rarely hear that part of the game....unless the referee’s microphone is on.  That resulted in another penalty.

A bright spot was the Rams only touchdown which was thrown by Clemens to a leaping Danario Alexander in the end zone.  The cornerback covering Alexander had no chance to out-jump the Rams wideout. 

There is not much to say about the fourth quarter because it has already been said.  Penalties destroy momentum.  Lack of offensive first downs wears down your own defense.  Odd play calls don’t get you first downs.  Those are the ingredients to every Rams loss this season.

THIRD QUARTER

As a fan of the game, it was great to see Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green return to the game.  As a Rams fan, I was scared.

Kellen Clemens has looked pretty good for the Rams despite joining the team less than two weeks ago.  It seems that the offense isn’t trying to run too many fancy plays and out-thinking themselves.  That might be why they are actually moving the ball pretty well.

You can also see that the team is buying into Clemens after taking the hits (usually helmet-to-helmet) and creating plays with his feet.  It is breath of fresh air for fans and that is not to say anything negative about Sam Bradford or A.J. Feeley, but it might be what the Rams need right now.

It is also refreshing to see the Bengals getting the majority of the penalties.  This season it has seemed that the Rams were always getting penalties.  The Rams’ disciplined play might be the main reason that they are still in this game and have a great chance to win it.

This game is starting to look like a soccer shootout.  Score on the goalie and get three points.  If the Rams can’t have Lionel Messi take their kicks then they will take the next best thing...Josh Brown.  Brown has already missed one this game, but the way these two teams’ offenses are working I expect him to get more chances to redeem himself.  It is 6-6.  Really?  6-6?  Well it was 6-6 until the Rams gave up a long punt return deep into their own zone and then took a couple penalties and set the Bengals up with first-and-goal and pretty much in the end zone already.  That resulted in a Bengals TD...no surprise.  13-6 now.

The Rams had another third-and-seven.  They didn’t run the ball this time.  They didn’t throw either.  As a matter of fact, they didn’t block either and Clemens got hit hard.  Afterwards, Clemens was talking to trainers.  Hopefully we do not have another QB go down here.

SECOND QUARTER

Is it me or has there been an awful lot of helmet-to-helmet hits on the quarterback in this game?  By my count...I have Rams defensive tackle Eugene Sims with one in the first quarter and two Bengals hits on Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens’ noggin.  But the best way to stop getting your QB hit is TO BLOCK THEM.  I know...asking a lot out of the Rams offensive line.  Tis the season for giving rather than begging for a miracle I suppose.

It appears that the Rams should just worry about the A.J. Green-Andy Dalton combo.  Green has been targeted by Dalton more than any other Bengals receiver.  Green has 94 receiving yards in just the first half, but appeared to injure his right shoulder late in the first half.  He is questionable to return.

As for the Rams, Clemens may not always throw the ball, but when he does...he prefers Brandon Lloyd or Austin Pettis.  Pettis/Lloyd: 12 targets.  Rest of team: 3 targets.

How about Robert Quinn?!  And everyone (including me) says the Rams draft badly...  The first round pick has gotten a piece of three punts this season after partially deflecting a punt deep in the Bengals end.

A great thing to see is that Steven Jackson is actually getting the chance to run the ball.  I like this because he is on my fantasy team, but aside from being selfish, I also like it because it opens up the passing game more...who knew?!  But then again you still need crisp throws for Rams wideouts to catch or it just proves useless.

It was great to see Rams cornerback Josh Gordy pick off Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.  Not only because it benefits the home team, but because Gordy has been playing pretty well this season despite being part of a depleted secondary.  And it was Dalton’s first interception in the last four games. 

The Rams run defense (last in NFL) has done a great job thus far shutting down the Bengals and Benson...24 yards on 14 carries.  And the ineffective Bengals run game was called upon on a fourth-and-one and was stuffed by the Rams near midfield late in the half.

FIRST QUARTER

It is sort of refreshing to watch Kellen Clemens not just play, but also move the chains for the offense.  Only a missed FG and a terrible third-and-seven call have kept the Rams down through the opening quarter. 

It is third-and-seven for the Rams around midfield.  You can probably guess what the Rams play call was...yep, it was a run by Jackson out to the side where he lost two yards on the play.  Why not try throwing the ball where Clemens has actually proven to be effective thus far in the game?!  Oh, it’s Rams football.  I tried to forget that.

The Rams defense needs to put three defenders on A.J. Green.  The guy has been an absolute beast.
 

by Scott Bierman, FootballStL
 

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