The Los Angeles Rams are heading to London in Week 8 to take on the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2019 season.
While the rest of the 2019 schedule is set to be released Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Rams did at least find out which team they would be facing in London during the regular season, the Cincinnati Bengals.
Even though the Rams didn’t participate in an international game last year after poor field conditions in Mexico City led to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs being moved to Los Angeles, Sean McVay‘s team will return to London for the first time since 2017.
Since the Rams previously agreed to participate in at least one international game until their new stadium is complete following the move from St. Louis, it looks like the meeting with the Bengals for Week 8 in London is official.
Right away, the first thought that comes to mind is how the Rams will get to see McVay’s former assistant in Zac Taylor, who took the head coaching job with the Bengals this offseason after the team finally decided to move on from Marvin Lewis.
Similar to Matt LaFleur with the Green Bay Packers, there is plenty of excitement surrounding Taylor’s first season with the Bengals to see if his offensive mindset, and previous success with Jared Goff can help bring out the best in Andy Dalton.
Depending on how things go for Cincinnati in 2019, it will be interesting to see if the Bengals have what it takes to make this a close contest with the Rams, or if this is simply going to become another one of those blowout games by the NFC champions.
With all due respect to the Bengals, this team is nowhere close to being on the same level as the Rams at the moment from a competitive standpoint, and while there’s always the chance of them becoming a surprise contender in 2019, they could also see a year of rebuilding as well.
At least no matter what, McVay will make sure his players are well prepared since the head coach these overseas game can sometimes become complicated with the extra traveling, although it always seems like an amazing experience.
As for the rest of the 2019 schedule, Wednesday night will be here before fans know it, and while Los Angeles already knows their opponents, the release is always another reason for excitement.