Rams vs. Bengals prediction, odds, spread, injuries, trends for NFL Week 3

A full betting preview for NFL Week 3 action between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.
Sep 17, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (23)
Sep 17, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (23) / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams have looked much better than many people expected through their first two games this season. They're 1-1, while giving the San Francisco 49ers a run for their money in Week 2.

Now, they face a struggling Cincinnati Bengals team on Monday Night Football, who are desperately still searching for their first win of the season.

I'm going to break down everything you need to know to bet on this game, including the odds, trends, and my best bet. If you want my pick for the other 15 games this week, check out the latest edition of the "Road to 272 Bets."

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Let's dive into Monday night's showdown.

Rams vs. Bengals odds, spread, and total

Rams vs. Bengals betting trends

  • Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last five games
  • Rams are 1-7 straight up in their last eight road games
  • Rams are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against AFC North opponents
  • Bengals are 1-5 ATS in their last six games
  • The UNDER is 6-0 in the last six meetings between these two teams
  • Bengals are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against NFC opponents

Rams vs. Bengals injury reports

Los Angeles Rams injury report

  • Joe Noteboom - OT - Questionable

Cincinnati Bengals injury report

  • Joe Burrow - QB - Questionable
  • Chris Evans - RB - Questionable
  • Joseph Ossai - DE - Questionable
  • Nick Scott - S - Questionable

Rams vs. Bengals key players to watch

Los Angeles Rams

Puka Nacua: The Rams rookie receiver should be the player to watch for every Rams game moving forward. The 5th round pick out of BYU has taken the league by storm. Just two games into his NFL career, he has hauled in 25 receptions for 266 yards. Can he keep up this pace? We'll see.

Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon: Joe Burrow is questionable for the game, and even he does play he may be limited from his calf injury. So, that means the Bengals may need their running game to pick up the slack. Joe Mixon has had a solid start to his season, averaging 4.4 yards per carry, but he needs to improve to help wake up this Bengals offense.

Rams vs. Bengals prediction and pick

With Burrow's status up in the air, I'm not inclined to bet on either side of the spread. Instead, I'm looking at the total instead and I'm going to back the OVER 43.5.

There is something that both teams have in common heading into Week 3, and that's their defensive struggles. They both rank in the bottom 11 of the NFL in opponent yards per play. The Bengals give up 5.4 yards per snap and the Rams give up 5.5.

With that being said, the Rams offense has been a strong unit with a healthy Matthew Stafford and a couple of receivers who are off to a hot start to the season.

I think the move is to just sit back and root for points in this Monday Night Football showdown.

Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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