Quarterback Joe Burrow, who signed a $275-million extension before the season, has been hindered by a calf injury. Burrow is listed as questionable, and coach Zac Taylor has said it could come down to a game-time decision. Backup Jake Browning has played only four NFL snaps and has one passing attempt.
The Bengals last week signed quarterbacks Reid Sinnett and AJ McCarron to the practice squad. Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd can be among the NFL’s most dynamic trio of receivers. But look for the Bengals to rely on running back Joe Mixon.
The Rams defense is in search of its first turnover. Star defensive lineman Aaron Donald did not make a tackle in the defeat by the 49ers, the first time since 2020 that the three-time NFL defensive player of the year was shut out.
Rookie edge rusher Byron Young has 1½ sacks for a unit that has played better than most pundits expected. Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris has seen a young secondary play fairly well, but the Rams’ young front must produce more pressure to create interceptions and fumbles.