Bengals Defeat Rams in Preseason Finale With 16-7

The Bengals beat the Rams 16-7 thanks to a strong defence and a 173-yard passing performance from quarterback Jake Browning.

Even though the Bengals had to switch to a 4-3 defence because they didn't have enough players, their defence continued to swarm in the third quarter.

On third down, rookie defensive tackle Zach Carter got sacked and stripped, and the Rams got the ball back.

Then, on the next play, linebacker Tegray Scales hit running back Trey Ragas and took the ball away.

It was picked up at the Bengals 30 by a rookie cornerback named Delonte Hood.

But the offence couldn't do much, so the job of punting had to be done by 14-year veteran Kevin Huber and first-year challenger Drue Chrisman.

They gave Darrin Simmons, who is in charge of the special teams, a lot to think about.

Huber's second kick of the night, which went to the Rams 11, was fair caught for the second time.

Then Chrisman, who also forced a fair catch on his first punt on Saturday, had a chance and hit a 65-yard bomb to show off his power.

The shot hit inside the 5-yard line and bounced 45 yards into the end zone.

Before the fourth quarter, the defence limited the Rams to 162 yards and nine first downs.

But the defence spent a lot of time on the field in the third quarter.