Super Bowl LVI Winner Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- All the pre- and mid-season additions to the LA Rams’ roster have paid off
- The Bengals and their star QB Joe Burrow do not consider themselves underdogs
- The Bengals have beaten the last six teams with winning records they have faced
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All the preseason and mid-season additions to the Los Angeles Rams roster on both sides of the ball have paid off, as the NFC West and conference winners led QB Matthew Stafford and helped by LB Von Miller and WR Odell Beckham Jr., all talented enough to lift DT Aaron Donald and CB Jalen Ramsey’s team to the Big Game to face these underdog Bengals.
The Cincinnati Bengals and their star QB Joe Burrow do not consider themselves the underdogs here, this AFC North and conference winning franchise still shocking the football world as a “second-half team” that can score thanks to playmakers Ja’Marr Chase, C.J. Uzomah, and Joe Mixon, while rookie PK Evan McPherson keeps putting nails in coffins.
These two cross-conference rivals have faced each other 14 prior times, with the Cincinnati Bengals winning 8 of those games and the Los Angeles Rams winning 6 of the games. See the full history of Rams vs Bengals.
Super Bowl LVI Predictions Los Angeles Rams vs Cincinnati Bengals
Can the Rams’ Pass Rush Neutralize Bengals QB Joe Burrow?
With the third most team sacks this season (50), the Los Angeles Rams are an opposing QB’s worst nightmare, especially if you are team like the Bengals with an O-line that has allowed Joe Burrow to be sacked an NFL-leading 51 times in the regular season & 12 times in the playoffs.
Keep in mind Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury last year and, though he has come back healthy and strong, that rehabbed knee must be a concern for the Bengals’ front office and is a problem that will most likely get fixed in the offseason via the draft and free agency.
But that doesn’t help them against this Rams pass rush starring QB killers like DT Aaron Donald and LB Von Miller who have 22 sacks and 45 QB hits combined this season, a wrecking crew that should become a major factor in this game if the Rams secondary gives them enough time.
Can the Bengals’ Key Playmakers Continue to Produce?
There are stars emerging on both sides of the ball in Cincy, a roster that only two seasons ago posted two wins, but that got them in a drafting position to select QB Joe Burrow, their franchise solution at a position that has proved tricky for them ever since SBMVP Boomer Esiason retired.
Now more playmakers are beginning to stand out in southern Ohio, including TE C.J. Uzomah (below), WR Ja’Marr Chase (Burrow’s LSU pal), speedy WR Tee Higgins, dual-threat RB Joe Mixon, and ice-in-veins rookie PK Evan McPherson who has kicked 12/12 FGs in the playoffs.
On DC Lou Anarumo’s defense, there are just as many Cincy monsters to watch for, including DEs Sam Hubbard and Trey Hendrickson and LB Chidobe Awuzie, SS Vonn Bell, and others, a squad with 42 total sacks and 13 interceptions that has gelled and improved weekly.
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Rams Key Player: (WR) Odell Beckham Jr.
It must be killing Browns fans to watch their formerly ‘ineffective’ deep threat WR Odell Beckham Jr. become an integral part of the Los Angeles Rams’ passing attack after being picked up by them mid-season, and not a moment to soon given Robert Woods’ knee injury.
Now OBJ and Rams QB Matthew Stafford seem to be establishing a connection that makes every defense they play panic and double-team Odell, which leaves plenty of room for stars like WR Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson to get open elsewhere on the field and earn solid YACs.
Beckham might come with a bit of side drama, but the production this Pro Bowl receiver brings makes it all worthwhile, so far in 8 games for the Rams catching 27 passes for 305 yards and 5 touchdowns on his way to his first-ever Super Bowl, most likely a game where he will shine.
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Bengals Key Player: (TE) C.J. Uzomah
Now in his seventh NFL season, Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah is fast becoming a key part of Cincinnati’s passing attack with his ability to run crisp routes, get open, and then earn yards after the catch by being a 6’ 6” a 260-pound ball carrier who is especially tough to tackle.
Bengals fans collectively gasped during the AFC Championship game last week when Uzomah suffered a sprained MCL during the game and had to be carted off the field weeping, though now with the two weeks rest the team gets, C.J. says he expects to play in the Big Game.
That’s good news for QB Joe Burrow’s Bengals offense, as Uzomah acts as a solid blocker when he is not running routes and earning first downs, this season with 49 receptions for 493 yards and 5 touchdowns, his most productive year since he has been competing in the pros.
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How to Watch NFL Championship 2021/2022
|Super Bowl LVI Information|
|What||Super Bowl LVI Rams vs Bengals|
|Where||SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA|
|When||Sunday, February 13, 2022; 6:30 PM ET|
|How to watch||NBC|
Super Bowl FAQ
Can a Super Bowl end in a tie or a draw?
NFL playoff games can never end in a tied score or a draw, and neither can the Super Bowl.
In the event of an overtime situation, after the opening possession, any score can still end the game, but if it goes scoreless through an entire overtime period, they will move into a second overtime period, then a third, and so on until one team finally wins.
How are the Super Bowl cities selected?
According to CNN:
“In the past, the NFL would invite cities to bid, and from those initial bids, the league would narrow that down to select cities.
Then, the NFL would send out bid documents to the finalists, and those chosen cities review the documents and put together a bid, and present it to the league.
The 32 owners vote on the final bids to determine the Super Bowl host.”
That system has since changed, and now the NFL apparently asks a city if they would like to host the game, and if they accept, then they negotiate the terms.
Are Super Bowl squares legal and how do they work?
Betting on Super Bowl squares falls into the category of “social gambling,” which is legal in most states.
Some states have certain limits on the total prize participants can win, usually about $50.
Are Super Bowl pools legal?
According to the legal definition, anytime you bet on the outcome of a sporting event it is considered gambling, so technically, that office pool is included.
You can usually avoid legal problems as long as everyone in the pool has an equal opportunity to win and the person running the pool doesn’t take a cut of the pool.
Which Super Bowl went into overtime?
Super Bowl LI was the only ever Super Bowl to go to overtime.
After the end of regulation time, the Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit (and the largest comeback in Super Bowl history) to beat the Atlanta Falcons with a 75-yard drive.
Why does Super Bowl use Roman numerals?
Believe it or not, the Super Bowl uses complicated Roman numerals in its logos for clarity purposes.
Since the Big Game is played in the calendar year after the regular season, they use Roman numerals to avoid confusing people with the different years.
For example, the Kansas City Chiefs won the 2020 Super Bowl, but that was actually crowning the champion of the 2019 season.
And the winner of the Bucs vs. Chiefs in the 2021 Super Bowl will crown the champion of the 2020 season, so the league adds an LV to keep it simple.
Who was the headliner of the first Super Bowl half-time show?
The very first Superbowl was between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs and was played on January 15th, 1967.
The halftime show of that trend-setting football matchup featured the comedy trio The Three Stooges along with The University Of Arizona and Grambling State marching bands.
What is the history of the Super Bowl coin toss?
For the first 11 Super Bowls, a game official conducted the coin toss.
The Highland Mint in Melbourne, Florida, is responsible for minting the Super Bowl coin toss coin, and they have provided a commemorative coin for the Super Bowl toss for the last 28 Big Games that have been held.
The Super Bowl coin toss is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, Super Bowl Prop Bets and you can have a go at it using the DraftKings Sportsbook.
What are the biggest three Super Bowl halftime controversies?
3) Super Bowl XLVI – controversial rapper M.I.A. gave everyone the middle finger and got sued by the NFL for more than $16 million in 2012.
2) Super Bowl LIII – Maroon 5 accepted the gig after two others turned it down in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick’s kneel for justice movement, which critics interpreted as a slight against Kaepernick.
1) Super Bowl XXXVIII – Justin Timberlake becomes a huge part of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” as a little too much of her was seen on live television.
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