The Rams and Bengals close out preseason play at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati Saturday.
A little over seven months since Super Bowl LVI concluded, the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals will meet again Saturday night at Paycor Stadium, though this time, the stakes will be much lower for the third and final preseason game for each team.
The Rams head into the game with a 1-1 record in preseason after taking down the Los Angeles Chargers 29-22 and falling 24-20 to the Houston Texans.
The Bengals have dropped both of their first two matchups, falling to the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants.
The Rams and Bengals hosted joint practices this week in Cincinnati ahead of the preseason bout. And as if things weren’t already emotional entering a preseason finale between teams that will forever be linked after the Super Bowl meeting, the two squads had an all-out brawl Thursday that saw Rams star defensive lineman Aaron Donald swinging Bengals helmet as chaos ensured in a massive scrum.
Despite the distractions, the practices helped Rams coach Sean McVay get his starters some game-like reps, as he’s been known to never play key starters in preseason since his arrival in 2017.
As the preseason draws to a close, the end result Saturday is of little concern to McVay and company, who have sights set on the Bills for a season-opening matchup at SoFi Stadium.
Still, the matchup with Cincinnati will serve as an important time for McVay and staff to make some last-minute roster decisions ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
WHAT: Los Angeles Rams (1-1) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)
WHERE: Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio (65,535)
WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2022, 3 p.m. PT
TELEVISION: KGO-TV Channel 7 / FuboTV (try it free)
RADIO: KSPN-AM ESPN 710 / KCBS-FM 93.1 Jack FM
Betting via SI SportsBook
SPREAD: L.A. Rams +2.5
TOTAL: 36.5 (o -118, u +100)
MONEYLINE: Rams +120, Bengals -143
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