• By Jim Thomas
CINCINNATI • The Rams keep falling and they can’t get up.
For the second time in three Sundays, the Rams were drubbed by 24 points. This time the spanking came compliments of the Cincinnati Bengals, 31-7, at Paul Brown Stadium.
That makes four consecutive losses, a 4-7 record for the season, and the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals streaking into St. Louis this week.
And suddenly, it all seems to be out in the open regarding the big picture. For one, even the most optimistic Rams realize any realistic chance at a playoff berth has slipped away. Again.
“Yeah, it hurts,” linebacker James Laurinaitis said. “It definitely hurts. We all play to hold the trophy, and just get in the tournament and have a chance. And to be in a season where that’s likely not possible, it definitely hurts.”