The Los Angeles Rams enter the 2022 Super Bowl with one of the most imposing offenses in football and possess a clear matchup advantage over a weak Cincinnati Bengals secondary. How can we best capitalize on the plethora of team prop bets available on the Rams?
To no one’s surprise, the Rams — a team many had projected to contend for the Super Bowl at the beginning of the year — are in Los Angeles to compete for a championship. As 4-point favorites at most books and around -200 on the moneyline, it is certainly a risk to back head coach Sean McVay’s group to hoist the trophy in any regard.
That’s where team props can come in handy. We will go over how exactly to back the Rams to dominate in certain areas of this game — and even win — without risking too much on the moneyline or toying with a backdoor cover by Cincinnati.
Here are the top team prop bets for the Rams in Super Bowl 56 (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
What are Team Prop Bets and Why Bet on Rams?
Team prop bets range from the total number of points to a team to win by shutting out its opponent, or to have the most first downs. You can back a team to do just about anything better than its opponent, taking away the variables of the larger game and focusing in on one specific area where you see an edge.
The Rams are the clear favorites for Sunday’s game, but instead of fading the Bengals completely, you may want to take the safe route and bet on this offense to take advantage of a weak defense, for example.
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Rams Score Props – First Score, Last Score, Type of Score
Rams score first (-140) ★★★★★
Los Angeles has scored on the opening drive in a fifth of its games, and the Rams scored the first touchdown in 12 of their 20 games, including seven of their last nine. They were also the first to find the end zone in each of their three playoff games.
While some of this is dependent on the coin toss, you should consider the disparity between these two defenses. The Rams ranked fifth in total DVOA on defense this year while the Bengals were down in 19th. The former also has a stronger offense than the latter, which should help you land on the Rams.
This defense should get a stop right out of the gate if it doesn’t start with the ball, and the odds on L.A., converting its first drive into points are great.
First touchdown Over 7.5 yards (-105) ★★★★
This one isn’t totally a Rams-centric prop, but I do think the Rams will score the first touchdown of the Super Bowl, as they did in 12 of their 20 games this year. With that, I see some significant value given the matchup and the strength of the Rams.
L.A., ranks second in explosive pass play rate and ninth in overall explosive play rate. The Bengals also had the seventh-worst explosive pass rate against them this season and ranked 20th in explosive play rate in general.
All this amounts to the fact that the Rams are going to get some huge chunk plays in this game, and one of those may very well be the first score of the game.
Rams Totals Props
Rams Over 26.5 (-120) ★★★★★
I’ve said it before, but the Bengals rank 19th in defensive DVOA this season. The Rams were eighth by DVOA on offense and put up 27.1 points per game on average. They cashed the Over 26.5 points in two of their three playoff games and three of their last six games dating back to the regular season.
This offense is a juggernaut and will not be stopped. At this number, you’re just hoping for three touchdowns, essentially, because two field goals should be very much within reach. There’s also a very good chance we get two touchdowns per half from this team.
Rams Under 110.5 rushing yards (-110) ★★★
The Rams ranked 18th in rush play rate this season and averaged a poor 4.0 yards per carry. Cam Akers has helped boost the rushing game this postseason, but it’s very unlikely we see this type of performance on the ground from L.A.
We have the added benefit here of the Rams not having a running quarterback and the team playing with the lead all season long and still managing to average fewer than 100 yards per game on the ground. I just see Akers getting heavily involved in the passing game and the run not being used much considering the strength of the Bengals is their defensive line and the weakness is their secondary.
Rams Winning Margin Props
Rams win by 7-12 points (+380) ★★★
The Rams’ average margin of victory was 5.9 points this season, though when you look back at their last six wins, which came in the last seven weeks of the regular season, all but one was by a touchdown or more.
It seems prudent to take a shot at the plus money on the Rame winning by a touchdown or more given their double-digit victories in recent weeks. This seems to be the safest range.
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Rams Fun Super Bowl Prop Bets
Jersey number of first scorer Under 23.5 (-140) ★★★★
This, again, isn’t technically a Rams prop, but if we’re betting on the team to score first then it really is. My best targets for touchdowns early on for L.A., are Akers, Van Jefferson, Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr., and maybe Matthew Stafford on a sneak. All of those players wear jersey number 23 or lower, thus making this a great bet.
It also makes sense that it’s juiced, given the odds on the Rams to score first, the number of key players I listed above, and the fact that Bengals QB Joe Burrow and receiver Ja’Marr Chase wear single digits. I love this prop bet, though.
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