Bengals rout Rams to avoid three-game skid

Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:03pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Andy Dalton passed for 233 yards and three touchdowns including a pair to receiver A.J. Green helping the Cincinnati Bengals get back on the winning track with a 31-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

The Bengals (9-2), who had lost two straight for the first time since 2013, left little doubt in this one.

"It was kind of uneventful and that's what we needed," said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. "Good focus this week in all three phases. Overall I was pleased. Every time we come out here the goal is to get better, whether it's win, lose or draw. There were some positives this week".

Cincinnati's defense held Rams running back Todd Gurley to only 19 yards on nine carries.

The Bengals figured to run the ball against the Rams and gained 140 yards on the ground led by Jeremy Hill's season-high 86 on 16 carries.

"It was a key to the game," said Lewis. "Both sides controlling the line of scrimmage. We were able to get that done today."

Nick Foles started at quarterback for the Rams (4-7) replacing Casey Keenum, who was out with a concussion suffered last week.

Foles who was under constant pressure and was sacked once and threw three interceptions.

"When they're up there getting pressure causing havoc, it makes things easier," said safety George Iloka who had one of the picks. "They did a great job keeping the quarterback in the pocket and that allowed us to keep our eyes on the quarterback and make plays."   Continued...

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks to pass in the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium.  Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports