We’ve finally made it to the final week of the preseason and it's reminiscent of the last meaningful football game we all got to watch. It’s tough to call it a true rematch because Joe Burrow and Mathew Stafford will likely not take the field, but we do get to see the same laundry on the field as we did in Super Bowl 56.
It's the final dress rehearsal for both the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams and it’ll be interesting to see who Sean McVay and his former assistant, Zac Taylor send out on the field.
You can find odds for this final week of the preseason at WynnBET Sportsbook.
Rams vs. Bengals Odds, Spread and Total
- Rams +2.5 (-115)
- Bengals -2.5 (-115)
- Rams +120
- Bengals -141
- 37.5 (Over -115 / Under -115)
Rams vs. Bengals Prediction and Pick
Both teams have had health issues with their starting quarterbacks throughout the preseason. Neither will likely play a snap as Joe Burrow is still recovering from an appendectomy and Matthew Stafford is dealing with an injury in his right elbow that will likely affect him all season.
Sean McVay was really the first coach to completely disregard preseason games for his starters. It was a big deal a few years ago when he didn’t play a healthy Jared Goff a single snap in the preseason. Much of the rest of the league has begun to follow this strategy, and Zac Taylor likely won’t play his starters all that much.
Zac Taylor is 0-2 this preseason and 2-7 in the preseason overall, one of the worst records of any head coach in the league. That made sense when you considered his first few years with the Bengals and the poor roster he dealt with, but now it seems clear he just doesn’t value the preseason or at least not winning in preseason games.
Sean McVay is 1-1 this season and 7-10 in preseason overall. Betting on coaching and on a team valuing the preseason a little bit more, it seems like the Rams are a worthwhile underdog.
Pick: Rams ML +120
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