Rams and Bengals barely Super Bowl 56 The game that football fans predict returns in pre-season in 2021.
In fact, Los Angeles has the sixth highest odds to win the Super Bowl (+1500), according to FanDuel Sportsbook’s odds will be on Week 1while Cincinnati was a real hit at +12000, just ahead of the Jaguars, Lions and Texans (making the top three picks in 2022 NFL Draft Order).
Five months passed and a crusade led by Joe Burrow established the Bengal team as true championship contenders after beating the top two seeds at the AFC. And according to two of Sporting News’ NFL experts, it will end with Burrow and Co. won the Lombardi Trophy in 2022.
Los Angeles (12-5) opened with a 3.5-point favorite to beat Cincinnati (10-7). That line has continued to shift towards the Rams, resting at -4 as of Monday, as the “home team” awaits a weaker challenger at SoFi Stadium. The SN staff also saw an offensive intro surpassing the Vegas total (49), with four of the six writers expected to finish.
Here are all of our expert picks for Super Bowl 56, with explanations for each pick and Rams vs Bengals score predictions.
Super Bowl 2022 Prediction: Expert Picks Rams vs Bengals
- Location: Los Angeles
- Start time: 6:30 p.m. ET
- TELEVISION: NBC
- Point difference: Rams -4
- On lower: 49
- Cash flow: Rams -194, Bengals +162
Vinnie Iyer: Team Bengal entered Super Bowl 56 because they were lucky enough to take Joe Burrow’s No. 1 in the NFL draft. His breakthrough second season and smashed expectations and beyond his excellent passing, his leadership, intelligence and gritty play had a huge impact on the team as a whole.
Cincinnati’s youth will serve well to take down the Rams, who will make a few more mistakes with Matthew Stafford in the face of No. 9. The Bengals’ defence receives key points to support Burrow, while Burrow Perform clutch play versus Rams. D late.
Prediction: Bengals 30, Rams 27
Bill Bender: The Bengals can solve this problem, especially if the defense is kept strong. Cincinnati only allows a 20-yard or more game against the Chiefs, and if the Rams can’t find some success on the ground, the overtaking will begin. Joe Burrow, meanwhile, must continue to play error-free football against a quick pass from the Rams, which will have problems in midfield with Aaron Donald. Which team wins the rush battle? Even if they are modest numbers, it matters in a game of this caliber.
Burrow will offer a glimpse of the future with Ja’Marr Chase, and the Bengals will take the lead after halftime.
That’s when Matthew Stafford, who is completing 72% of his passes for the season, will have his moment. Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr continued to put stress on the Bengals’ second team, and Stafford threw TDs to each in the second half. The Bengals had a last chance to drive, but the Rams stopped for another three-pointer to end a memorable season.
Prediction: Rams 27, Bengals 24
Matt Lutovsky: The Bengals have a “Team of Destiny” feel, but it’s hard to dismiss their most obvious weakness: The offensive line. They were able to get through nine sacks in the division round against Tennessee, then handle the pressure of Kansas City with relative ease in the AFC Championship game. The Rams, who are third in the league with 50 knockouts this year, will be their toughest test yet.
With Aaron Donald and Joe Burrow constantly facing each other, the talented trio of WRs of the Bengals will have a harder time making chunk plays. Cincinnati could certainly pull off another win with Joe Mixon’s well-timed plays and rough runs, but LA should be able to move the ball a little easier with its own legion of excellent reception. themselves and play more creatively.
As usual, revenue will be key. If Matthew Stafford can avoid the big blunder in the biggest game of his life, the Rams should be able to knock Bengal just enough to win their second Super Bowl title.
Prediction: Rams 24, Bengals 20
Joe Rivera: The Bengals have done the near-impossible to get to this point: Defeat the AFC’s No. 1 seed, beat Patrick Mahomes and the captains in Kansas City and overcome some serious difficulties on the line. to get to the first Super Bowl in more than three decades. That kind of movie cliché ended up in Hollywood.
While SN’s Vinnie Iyer thinks the Rams’ defense against the Bengals’ C is a myth, I don’t see it as such: If Aaron Donald, Von Miller and Leonard Floyd and the rest of the Rams D can create should a second half be as tumultuous as they did with the 49ers (allow 7 points in the second half), then Burrow might have another hill to climb, like the Tennessee game. The difference: Stafford and attacking LA have more than enough firepower to take advantage of that kind of defensive advantage – even if Stafford throws a few “WTFs?” balls as if he had finished at different points this season.
Not to detract from what Cincinnati Cinderfellas did in the knockout stages, but a lot had to be broken for them to get to this point. The clock will strike midnight in Super Bowl 56, and Matthew Stafford will smash the glass slipper for the first ring in his first Super Bowl appearance.
Prediction: Rams 30, Bengals 21
Jacob Cameron: Look, the Bengals are a good story and Joe Burrow seems very likely to win the Super Bowl at some point in the future. It’s not coming this year.
Bengalis simply don’t mix well with Rams. Los Angeles has one of the most fearsome passes in the league, topped by Aaron Donald, Von Miller and Leonard Floyd. Cincinnati’s attack has caused Burrow to be sacked 51 times in the regular season and another 12 in the knockout stages, so he’ll be under a lot of pressure.
Cincinnati still has to move the ball enough to close in on this game, but in the end, the Rams will put in enough defense to get the win. Matthew Stafford and attack will have to start a little quicker than against the 49ers, but Sean McVay should find a way to get Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr open often enough to win.
Prediction: Rams 26, Bengals 21
Edward Sutelan: The legend of Joe Burrow continues to grow. In his sophomore season in the NFL, he took the Bengals from a four-winning team to a Super Bowl team, now with a chance to take home the franchise’s first title. But to complete the magical season, he will have to overcome a team built with one goal in mind: win them all.
The obvious mismatch in this game is the Rams’ defensive line and the Bengals’ offensive line. Aaron Donald, Von Miller and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo make up the most formidable crosses Cincinnati has faced after this season, and Burrow won’t be easy on Ja’Marr Chase with Jalen Ramsey likely to be in. highest angle. And the Rams have one of the best passes in the league, coming in second in the league in total yards against Cooper Kupp’s historic season and Odell Beckham Jr resurgence.
But the Bengals have more weapons than Chase and seem better prepared to cover the Rams’ play than vice versa. Cincinnati has allowed players the 15th longest distance this season, and has prevented Tyreek Hill from going under 80 yards in both games they have played against the Chiefs. The Rams, on the other hand, have allowed receivers the fourth most yards this season, and they’ll probably face the deepest pool of receivers in the NFL with Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd behind Chase. That is to say nothing about Joe Mixon behind the scenes, who made more of an impact in the game passing late in the game and has shown his ability to break through with big runs.
The Rams led Cincinnati in the first half, but faltered in the second as Boyd and Chase each caught touchdown to take home the Bengals’ first Super Bowl title.
Prediction: Bengals 31, Rams 24