Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford passes during a loss to the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium on Sept. 17. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Breaking down how the Rams (1-1) and the Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) match up heading into their game at 5:15 p.m. PDT on Monday at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. The game will be shown on Channel 13 in the Los Angeles area, nationally on ESPN, ESPN2 and streamed on NFL+.
When Rams have the ball
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford runs back to the sideline after a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium on Sept. 17. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Matthew Stafford faces the Bengals for the first time since Super Bowl LVI, and the Rams could use a big performance from the 15th-year pro. Stafford passed for a touchdown but had two passes intercepted in a 30-23 defeat by the San Francisco 49ers. He has been sacked only once.
Rookie Puka Nacua looks to continue his record-setting pace. Nacua has a league-leading 25 receptions, the most by a rookie receiver in his first two games in NFL history. Nacua was listed as questionable because of an oblique injury, but he is expected to start alongside Tutu Atwell and Van Jefferson.
With Cam Akers traded to the Minnesota Vikings, second-year pro Kyren Williams is the undisputed starter at running back. Ronnie Rivers and Royce Freeman are expected to back up Williams, who scored two touchdowns in each of the first two games.
Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo oversees a unit that features ends Sam Hubbard and Trey Hendrickson and middle linebacker Germaine Pratt. The secondary includes cornerback Chidobe Awuzie and former Rams safety Nick Scott.
When Bengals have the ball
Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, right, smiles next to edge rusher Byron Young after making a stop on third down against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 17. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)
Quarterback Joe Burrow, who signed a $275-million extension before the season, has been hindered by a calf…
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Publish date : 2023-09-25 11:00:23
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