The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Steven Jackson finished with 143 yards rushing and receiving, with a long run of 18 yards. He needs 34 yards rushing to reach 1,000 for a seventh consecutive season.
Chris Long collected his 13th sack of the season, adding to his career high.
The Rams held Cedric Benson to 3.5 yards per rushing attempt.
Cornerback Josh Gordy picked off a pass and returned the ball 30 yards.
The Rams won the turnover battle.
Receiver Danario Alexander caught a 25-yard touchdown pass. Alexander also had a 22-yard reception.
Kellen Clemens completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 229 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in his first start with the team. Clemens finished the game with a 95.7 NFL passer rating, highest by a Rams starter this season.
Rookie defensive end Robert Quinn deflected a Bengals punt, limiting it to 21 yards. This was his third deflection or outright block of a punt this season.
Safety Quintin Mikell forced two fumbles.
The Rams led the game for 5:04.
Looking ahead: The Rams visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16.