Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams will face each other in the Super Bowl LVI on Sunday evening. SoFi Stadium will host the Lombardi Trophy battle, where Cincinnati will search for its first-ever title, while Los Angeles hasn’t won it since 1999.
The Bengals won the AFC championships unexpectedly, but nobody should underestimate them in this match. They are just one step from making the franchise’s history, and they don’t want to stop here. On the other hand, the Rams were the best in the NFC championships. They will rely on their explosive passing offense in the chase for the Lombardi Trophy.
Cincinnati Bengals – Can they win in for the first time?
The Bengals managed to turn things around and become the Super Bowl finalists two seasons after the worst NFL record. Joe Burrow had the biggest role in this turnaround, and he has been driving Cincinnati with 34 TDs in the regular season and four more in the playoffs. They won six times in the previous seven matches and put their best performances when it mattered the most. The Bengals booked their ticket to Super Bowl after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championships on the road. Although they trailed 21-3 in the second period, they pulled an amazing turnaround to celebrate a 27-24 overtime victory.
Of course, Joe Burrow led the Bengals’ offense in by throwing for 842 yards in the playoffs, with four touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Joe Mixon has been the most dominant rusher in the post-season with 190 yards and a score, while Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow gained 28 rushing yards each. Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins have generated 200+ receiving yards each, while C.J. Uzomah and Joe Mixon have combined for 241 receiving yards and a TD reception. On defense, Logan Wilson has 30 total tackles, while Sam Hubbard sacked the opponent’s quarterbacks three times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Joe Mixon, Tee Higgins, Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, Drew Sample, Jonah Williams, Quinton Spain, Trey Hopkins, Hakeem Adeniji, Isaiah Prince
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Sam Hubbard, D.J. Reader, B.J. Hill, Trey Hendrickson, Logan Wilson, Clay Johnston, Markus Bailey, Eli Apple, Vonn Bell, Jessie Bates III, Chidobe Awuzie
Quarter Back: Joe Burrow
Kicker: Evan McPherson
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Los Angeles Rams – Can they capitalize on the home field advantage?
The Rams will have an unusual opportunity to fight for the Lombardi Trophy at their stadium. They have been in very good form lately, winning eight times in the previous nine matches. Los Angeles suffered the only defeat in that period against the Niners in the closing round of the regular season. The Rams were better than the Cardinals in the wild-card game before knocking out the defending champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They didn’t let themselves lose to San Francisco twice in a row, as they beat them in the NFC championships game.
Matthew Stafford has gone 905 yards through the air in the playoffs, with six touchdowns and an interception, while he has been sacked five times. Cam Akers has led the Rams’ ground game with 151 rushing yards, while Sony Michel and Matthew Stafford have combined for 114 rushing yards and a pair of scores. Cooper Kupp dominates the receiving department with 386 yards and four touchdown receptions, while Odell Beckham Jr. generated 236 receiving yards and a score. On the other hand, Darious Williams and A’Shawn Robinson have 16 total tackles each, while Von Miller logged two sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Sony Michel, Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Powell, Kendall Blanton, Tremayne Anchrum Jr., David Edwards, Brian Allen, Austin Corbett, Rob Havenstein
Expected Line-Up (Defense): A’Shawn Robinson, Greg Gaines, Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd, Ernest Jones, Troy Reeder, Von Miller, Darious Williams, Nick Scott, Taylor Rapp, David Long Jr.
Quarter Back: Matthew Stafford
Kicker: Matt Gay
Expert Pick #1 – Cincinnati Bengals +4 @-110
Although Los Angeles is considered a favorite, and they will have the home crowd support, I anticipate a very tight game. Cincinnati shouldn’t be written off, especially after their latest performances. The Bengals covered the number seven times in a row, and it might be the case here as well. Therefore, I’ll back them ATS as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 48.5 @-110
The stake is high since this is a battle for the most valuable trophy in American sports. Therefore, I don’t expect to see many points in this one, especially after Cincinnati tied four straight games under the margin. Give me the Under as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Rams Under 26.5 @+105
Consequently, I don’t see the Rams producing more than 26 points. Los Angeles did it twice on the previous five occasions, while Cincinnati held their rivals under a 26.5 margin four times in a row. The plus money odds are very tempting, and I’ll take this one as my third pick.