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For the first time in what seems like football-forever, the Super Bowl will feature two cross-conference rivals that do not start either Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes under center, this fifty-sixth Big Game instead featuring the LA Rams taking on the Cincinnati Bengals and their lesser-known QBs Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow facing off.
But despite being Super Bowl newbies, Stafford and Burrow are capable of big wins in big games and both have supporting casts that earn their share of the spotlight, though these two teams have only faced each other fourteen prior times and the last time they met was across the pond in Wembley Stadium in October 2019.
Here to help you make the smartest bets possible is some of the NFL History of the Los Angeles Rams vs the Cincinnati Bengals including wins, losses, and other helpful trends to know before you wager.
These two cross-conference teams have faced each other 14 previous times, with the NFC’s Los Angeles Rams winning 6 of those games and the AFC’s Cincinnati Bengals winning 8 of the games, and in all that time they have not met up in the postseason until now.
The first time these two teams played each other was back in 1972 when the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals by a field goal, 15-12, and the most recent time they’ve met was in London at Wembley Stadium in 2019 when the Rams beat up the Bengals, 24-10.
For the last ten times the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals have faced each other, they are both 5-5 having won and lost five of those games apiece, with the most recent five games going the Bengals’ way at 3-2, and the five games before that going to the Rams, 3-2.
The Rams have been on one 3-game win streak from 1996-2003, but the Bengals have had two 3-game win streaks from 1976-1981 and from 2007 through 2015, and the only overtime game between these two teams was in 1990 when the Bengals won by a field goal in OT, 34-31.
At the end of the NFL’s 2021 / 22 regular season, the Los Angeles Rams had an offense ranked 9th most effective after averaging 372 total yards per game and scoring 27.1 points per outing, their 5th ranked passing attack overshadowing their 25th ranked run game.
The Cincinnati Bengals had an offense ranked 13th in the league after averaging 361.5 total yards per game and scoring 27.1 points per outing, their 7th ranked passing game more effective than their rushing attack that was ranked 23rd out of 32 teams.
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The ‘visiting’ LA Rams have a defense ranked 17th in the league, a squad that allowed opponents to score almost 22 points per game and gain almost 345 total yards each outing, their 22nd ranked pass defense not as effective as their 6th ranked rushing defense.
The ‘home team’ Cincinnati have a defense ranked 17th in the league, a squad that allowed opponents to score almost 22 points per game and gain almost 345 total yards each outing, their 22nd ranked pass defense not as effective as their 6th ranked rushing defense.
In the fourteen times these two teams have played each other from 1972 until the present, just five of those games were won by a single score or less, the most recent being in 2011 when the Cincy Bengals beat the Rams (then based in St. Louis) by a score of 20-13.
This Super Bowl LVI appearance is refreshing for both of these football franchises who were two of the worst team in the 1990’s with no playoff appearances for either of them, and now after a few rebuilds each has become a divisional and conference champion.
There are eight Rams players listed as questionable for Sunday:
There are five Bengals players listed as questionable for Sunday:
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|Super Bowl LVI Information
|Cincinnati Bengals vs Los Angeles Rams
|SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California
|Sunday, February 13, 2021; 6:30 PM ET
|How to watch
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