CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 11: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against Houston Texansat Paul Brown Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Cincinnati Bengals have dropped out of a Wild Card position, but a victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday will keep them alive for the time being.
The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to stay in the AFC playoff picture after dropping out of the second Wild Card spot, which the New York Jets currently occupy. They have a good opportunity to stay in the hunt with a victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The Bengals opened as 6.5 point favorites over the home Rams, according to Odds Shark. A couple of lines have shifted up to seven points, confirming that not many believe the Rams will be able to keep this game to less than a touchdown.
The Rams provide a nice break for the Bengals after losing the last two games to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Houston Texans, both 10-3 teams right now. But even if the Bengals get through the Rams this week and the Arizona Cardinals next week, the season ends against the Baltimore Ravens. The Rams, meanwhile, are on a four-game losing streak and the opponents only get tougher with the Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers to close out the season.
The over/under for this game opened at 38.5 points and has moved to 40 points. The Rams average 11.8 points to the Bengals' 21.9. This game probably won't crack the over.
For more NFL Week 15 odds and lines, check out Odds Shark. To learn more about this game, visit Bengals blog Cincy Jungle and Rams blog Turf Show Times. Be sure to visit SB Nation NFL to keep up with all the news and notes around the league.