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Rams Win 3rd Preseason Game 24-21

The Rams visited the Cincinnati Bengals in the 3rd week of the preseason and won 24-21.  Both teams were without their starting quarterbacks and the Rams starting running back Steven Jackson had only 6 touches on the evening.  Samkon Gado had two touchdowns, one on a run and one on a shovel pass from Kyle Boller.

The Rams first team offense started the game slowly with a quick 3 and out and a punt.  The punt was returned for a touchdown by the Bengals.  From then on, the Rams offensive line took over the game and cleared the way for Gado to run over the Bengals on a 77-yard touchdown drive.

More recap after the jump.

Then the Rams defense made its first appearance in the game and instantly made an impact.  James Butler had a sack on an overloaded blitz.  Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis recovered a strip sack fumble to lead to the Rams second touchdown.  Interesting note: The Rams MLB James Laurinaitis is starting on the Rams’ first team since the start of the preseason and the Bengals MLB Ray Mauluga is still on the second team on the underachieving Bengals defense.  On the next possession, the Rams run defense showed some bend but not break action as the Bengals drove down the field.  OJ Atogwe was able to strip the ball from the Bengals ballcarrier who was stood up by the Rams defensive lineman.  James Butler picked up the fumble and ran 73 yards for the touchdown.

The Bengals were able to get back within a touchdown with a 1 yard touchdown run by ex-Ram Brian Leonard near the end of the second quarter.

Chris Henry scored on a long touchdown pass from Bengals 3rd string quarterback Jordan Palmer for the only scoring of the 4th quarter, but by that time, the Rams already had the field goal they needed to hold off the Bengals.  With another QB sack and a fumble the Rams had the ball back and were in the victory formation.

The Rams certainly played better than against Atlanta, but there were too many breakdowns on defensive front seven that allowed as many mid-range runs as there were run stuffs.  The offense was finally able to get its mojo back through considerably better play out of the offensive line.  Barron opened a few huge holes for Gado, especially on his 16 yard scamper.  Hopefully, the Rams will continue to be more consistent in their front seven.

It’s a win and a step in the right direction for the reformed Rams.

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