Rams vs. Bengals final score prediction for Monday Night Football in Week 3

Can the Rams pull off the upset?
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) moves.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) moves. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams are 1-1 in the 2023 season, and they have a Super Bowl 56 rematch with the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football in Week 3. 

The spread in this game has fluctuated with Joe Burrow (calf) dealing with an injury, but it appears the Bengals quarterback will at least attempt to play tonight.  

What does this mean for the Rams? 

Los Angeles has been pushed back to a three-point underdog in this game, but I don’t think Rams fans should be too worried. 

Cincy has looked awful to start the season, going 0-2 and struggling mightily on offense. With Burrow at less than 100 percent, the Bengals may struggle again on Monday. 

There are tons of ways to bet on this matchup, but I’m going to attempt to predict the final score in this game, with my eye on a potential upset. First, let’s break down the odds for Monday Night Football: 

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Rams vs. Bengals odds, spread and total

Rams score prediction for Week 3 vs. Bengals

The Rams are 2-0 against the spread this season, and oddsmakers are expecting them to keep this game to about a field goal difference with the latest Burrow update. 

I am interested to see how much the Bengals quarterback can actually move around in the pocket against a pass rush that features Aaron Donald. 

Burrow has been great with his legs in his NFL career, but he may not be as willing to get outside of the pocket in this matchup. 

Matthew Stafford and the Rams have looked really impressive on offense, blowing out the Seattle Seahawks before keeping things close with the San Francisco 49ers last week. 

I wouldn’t be shocked if the Rams cover in this game, and I’m actually willing to take them to win this game outright as well. 

I’m predicting a lower-scoring game with Burrow limited, but the Rams pull this out. 

Exact score prediction: Rams 23, Bengals 21

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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