Once again, I could not watch the Bengals preseason game even though I safely reside outside the Blackout Zone.
Sounds like the performance against the Rams left much to be desired. Without Carson in there I can't imagine there was much to be learned from the game anyway as far as our fate this season is concerned. One thing I did see repeated to some extent was that our performance was particularly disconcerting because we played the Rams.
Obviously, the Rams stunk last year. However, go listen to the Sports Guy's podcast* with Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders. Aaron notes that in many of their simulated projections of the upcoming season the Rams do quite well. Of course, he also notes that in many of their simulations the Rams absolutely stink as well.
The point is the Rams likely have more talent and potential than is generally acknowledged...so if the Bengals looked bad last night, don't necessarily get extra down because it was against the Rams.