NFL London Schedule 2019: Where to Watch Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams, TV Channel, Live Stream. The NFL returns to London for the third time this season as the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Los Angeles Rams at Wembley Stadium.
It’s the fourth time the Rams visit the British capital, but their first chance to play in Britain’s biggest stadium since relocating to Los Angeles.
CINCINNATI — The last time Zac Taylor and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay were on the same field, they were trying to win a Super Bowl together.
A lot has changed when they meet again on Sunday. McVay’s Rams are still a formidable threat in the NFC. Taylor, who is now with the Cincinnati Bengals after two years under McVay, is still looking for his first win as a head coach.
Despite his friend’s rocky start, McVay believes the adversity will show why the 0-7 Bengals should be optimistic about Taylor.
“I think all of this time has really demonstrated what makes Zac Taylor special,” McVay said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. “To stay consistent, to be resilient, and I have no doubt the future is really bright for the Bengals under his guidance and leadership.”
Taylor came to Cincinnati after serving as one of McVay’s offensive assistants. Taylor was an assistant wide receivers coach in 2017 and then moved to the quarterbacks room in 2018 during the Rams’ run to Super Bowl 53. One day after the loss to the Patriots, Taylor was named the Bengals’ 10th head coach.
McVay said Taylor played an instrumental role in establishing the culture McVay wanted when he arrived in Los Angeles in 2017 as the youngest coach in modern NFL history at age 30. One of the reasons he got along so well with Taylor was his passion for people and treating them the right way.
As Taylor adjusts to life with the Bengals, McVay said the conversations between them are less about fixing things and more about friendly banter, especially ahead of Sunday’s game in England.
Zac Taylor is still looking for his first win as an NFL head coach going into his matchup against former boss Sean McVay and the Rams. Frank Victores/AP Photo
“It’s not necessarily any advice,” McVay said. “It’s more (that) we kind of call and keep in touch. It will be a lot better after this game where I think we can speak a little bit more openly.”
Taylor said the conversation between the two halted three or four weeks ago in preparation for Sunday’s game in which the Bengals will be heavy underdogs. Cincinnati is at risk of matching its worst start to a season since 2008, when the Bengals lost eight straight games during the middle of Marvin Lewis’ coaching tenure.
As Taylor tries to do what his former boss did and turn a struggling franchise into a championship contender, he said McVay has been someone to rely on, even if they haven’t talked in awhile.
“This coaching fraternity, just because a team’s on your schedule five games down the road doesn’t mean you shut off contact,” Taylor said. “You still help each other in certain ways. He’s always been encouraging, especially during this tough stretch. He knows the culture we’re working to build and the approach that we’re taking.”
Sunday’s meeting will be the first time McVay will face one of his former assistants. A lot has changed in Los Angeles over the past eight months, including the schemes Taylor was familiar with during his two-year stint.
But the sentiment from his former colleagues has remained consistent, even though he’ll be on the opposite sideline on Sunday.
“I wish Zac the best,” Rams quarterback Jared Goff told reporters on Wednesday. “Still want to beat him this week, but I wish him the best, and I think he will do a great job moving forward.”
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The franchise’s only visit to Wembley dates all the way back to 2012 when the then-St. Louis Rams were on the receiving end of a 45-7 shellacking from the New England Patriots.
In 2016, the Rams lost 17-10 to the New York Giants and a year later they thrashed the Arizona Cardinals 33-0, but both games were played at Twickenham—the home of England’s rugby team.
Bar a major surprise, the Rams’ record in London will read 2-2 after this weekend as the defending NFC champions take on what is statistically the worst team in the NFL.
The Bengals, whose only game in London ended in a 27-27 draw against the Washington Redskins three years ago, fell to 0-7 after a 27-17 home defeat against Jacksonville last week.
Andy Dalton threw three interceptions in just over four minutes in the fourth quarter, as the Bengals offense imploded in spectacular fashion.
Dalton led Cincinnati with 33 rushing yards and aside from Joe Mixon’s two-yard run, no other player contributed.
With the trade deadline looming large on October 29, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bengals go in full-tank mode in a bid to accumulate picks and ensure they will hold the first overall selection in next year’s draft.
The Rams, on the other hand, have already got their business done ahead of the trade deadline, after signing Jalen Ramsey.
Los Angeles went all-in for the cornerback, sending two first-round picks and a fourth-rounder to Jacksonville for Ramsey, who had missed the last three games with a mysterious back injury.
To nobody’s surprise, the 24-year-old enjoyed a miraculous recovery in time to make his debut in the Rams’ 37-10 win over the Falcons in Atlanta.
The Rams held the Falcons to 224 yards as they snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 4-3 for the season.
Ramsey looked slightly rusty but contributed to an excellent defensive performance from the Rams, who recorded five sacks, an interception and a fumble return.
While it is still too early to determine how big an impact the All-Pro cornerback will have on the Rams’ Super Bowl chances, the prospect of Ramsey and Aaron Donald playing together has fans salivating in Los Angeles.
The game against the Bengals should help the Rams restore even more confidence, but upcoming matchups against Pittsburgh, Chicago and Baltimore will paint a better picture of where the Rams are at.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of Sunday.The Cincinnati Bengals take on the Los Angeles Rams at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Sunday, October 27.
Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET).
The game will be nationally broadcast by CBS.
A live stream will be available via CBS’s digital plaftorms as well as via fuboTV.
The Rams snapped a three-game losing streak in Week 7, defeating the Falcons 37-10 in Atlanta to improve to 4-3 but remain third in the NFC West.
The Bengals, meanwhile, are statically the worst team in the nation after plunging to 0-7 on the back of a 27-17 at home against Jacksonville.
The Bengals lead the all-time series 8-5 and have won the last three meetings against the Rams, with the most recent win coming in November 2015.
According to Oddschecker, the Rams are 13-point favorite and are 19/20 to cover the spread, while the Bengals are 24/5 underdogs.
WATFORD, England —
The Rams conducted a walk-through Friday on a soft, rain-soaked field at their bucolic hotel just west of London. With its sprawling grounds, meandering gardens and grass tennis courts, the place has the feel of a stately English manor — Touchdownton Abbey, if you will.
The Rams stayed in Atlanta this week after beating the Falcons there Sunday. They left Thursday night and arrived in London on Friday morning.
Clearly, the Rams feel at home even when they’re far from Los Angeles. With Sean McVay as coach, they are 6-0 in games in the Eastern time zone, and 1-0 in London.
“I think the guys just handle it really well,” said McVay, whose team plays the winless Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. “We’re kind of used to traveling, even going back to a couple of years ago. Being on the road, last week when the lights went out on our hotel [in Atlanta] on Saturday night, you kind of say, ‘Hey, this feels like something we’re used to handling.’
“The guys just seamlessly adjust and adapt, and it’s about getting ready for a football game. Doesn’t really matter where.”
In 2017, McVay’s first season, the Rams rolled over the Arizona Cardinals, 33-0, at Twickenham Stadium.
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“That was certainly a positive experience for us,” said McVay, whose team had stayed over in Jacksonville, Fla., in the days following a victory over the Jaguars. “We used a very similar format. We stayed in Jacksonville before; we stayed in Atlanta this past time. Came out the same time, kind of kept a very similar schedule. We’re hopeful for a very similar result.”
Ramsey up to speed
A little more than a week after he was acquired in a trade with the Jaguars, All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey continues to make strides. Safety Eric Weddle said Ramsey likely will be even better than he was in his debut, when he did a solid job of putting the clamps on Falcons star receiver Julio Jones.
“He’s just getting more comfortable in different coverages and different techniques,” Weddle said. “A guy that’s played a certain defense and certain techniques his entire career, and then he comes here and is asked to do some different things, it takes a little bit of time. But he’s so fluid, he’s so explosive, and he works on it.
“Certain techniques that we’re teaching here that complement how good of a press corner he is, it’s only going to make him better. He’s doing a great job. Just an unbelievable teammate.”
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The Rams had five sacks in their 37-10 victory over the Falcons, and Ramsey played a significant role because his blanketing coverage denied quarterback Matt Ryan chances to get rid of the ball as quickly.
“He was the same guy as the last couple of years, you know, dominate, lock guys down, give an opportunity for the defensive line to rush the passer,” defensive tackle Aaron Donald said. “To have him on defense on the back end, with the guys we’ve already got, is a big plus for us up front. Quarterbacks second-guess themselves and give us more opportunities to get to the passer.”
Cornerback Troy Hill, who has started the last two games in place of injured Aqib Talib, did not practice early in the week because of a hamstring injury. McVay said Thursday that he expected Hill would play, but on Friday Hill was limited and is listed as questionable for Sunday. If Hill sits out, Darious Williams would start in his place.
It would be the second consecutive start for Williams, an undrafted free agent the Rams claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens last October.
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With Ramsey coming off the bench last week, Williams played 19 snaps on defense and 22 on special teams. He scored the Rams’ final touchdown when Troy Reeder forced a fumble on a punt return and Williams recovered the ball in the end zone.
Linebacker Bryce Hager did not practice because of a lingering shoulder injury and will not play Sunday. Reeder will continue to start at inside linebacker. McVay said the Rams were “hopeful” that linebacker Clay Matthews (broken jaw) would return after next week’s open date. After the Rams play the Bengals, they will be off for a week and then return to prepare for a Nov. 10 game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
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Honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his “long and distinguished reporting in the field of pro football,” Sam Farmer has covered the NFL for 25 seasons. He’s a winner of California Sportswriter of the Year and first place for beat writing by Associated Press Sports Editors, and has had unique assignments such as climbing Mount Rainier with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, traveling with an officiating crew, spending a week behind the scenes with Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, sitting in the “Monday Night Football” booth, piloting the Goodyear blimp and watching games on Sunday alongside John Madden. Farmer, a 1988 graduate of Occidental College, began his career at small papers in the Pacific Northwest before moving on to the San Jose Mercury News, where he was an Oakland Raiders beat writer for five seasons. At various times, he has also been a beat writer covering the NBA, PGA Tour, and college football and basketball.
Gary Klein covers the Los Angeles Rams for the Los Angeles Times. Before that, he covered USC’s football program and athletic department. He began working for The Times in the San Fernando Valley edition and has reported on high school, college and pro sports. He grew up in Southern California and graduated from Cal State Northridge.