We look at why the Los Angeles Rams will emerge victorious in their Super Bowl 56 showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Los Angeles Rams will take on the Cincinnati Bengals in the first Super Bowl in NFL history to feature two number four seeds. It’s also the first Super Bowl not to have a number one, two, or three seed involved in the game. A fitting way to end a wild season in the NFL.
When you land upon a match-up like this one, there is bound to have been some craziness in the events that preceded it. Such has been the case throughout these NFL Playoffs. The Rams easily outmuscled the Arizona Cardinals, who faded down the stretch. They caught the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at a good time, as injuries and AB-antics depleted their offense ahead of the playoffs. The 49ers stymied two top teams so that the Rams didn’t have to; then the Rams handled the 49ers to pave their path.
Below, we look at why and how the Rams can win Super Bowl 56.
2022 Super Bowl Odds
Rams Season Recap
Betting Trends: 15-5 SU, 10-10 ATS, 10-9-1 O/U
Key Performers: QB Matthew Stafford (4,886 yards, 41 touchdowns, 17 INTs), WR Cooper Kupp (1,947 yds, 16 TDs), RB Sony Michel (845 yds, 4 TDs), DT Aaron Donald (86 combined tackles, 12.5 sacks)
Preseason Super Bowl Odds: +1500
The Rams built their roster with the expectation of vying for a Super Bowl, knowing the game would be played in their new home at SoFi Stadium. After flaming out in the playoffs one too many times under QB Jared Goff, Sean McVay and Rams brass decided an upgrade at the most important position in sports was necessary. Los Angeles swapped Goff along with a ton of future draft considerations for Matthew Stafford, solidifying the offense of McVay’s fantasies.
But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. From Week 9 to Week 12, the Rams went 0-3 with losses to the Titans, 49ers, and Packers. In retrospect, those weren’t necessarily awful losses, given the eventual pedigree of those opponents. But for the Rams, that was a time of turmoil and uncertainty, inviting questions as to whether their roster was ready for this moment. They continued adding pieces throughout the campaign, trading for Von Miller and signing Odell Beckham Jr. Ultimately, the Rams found the right mix to win the loaded NFC West.
Even at the outset of the Playoffs, you could find the Rams in the neighborhood of +1000 or better to become Super Bowl champions. Green Bay, Dallas, and Tampa Bay were all bigger favorites. But the 49ers took care of some of the biggest threats along the way; then the Rams took care of the 49ers. Now, only the upstart Bengals stand in the way of the first-ever Lombardi Trophy for the Rams in Los Angeles.
When was the last time the Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl?
The Rams' only Super Bowl win was in 2000, over the Tennessee Titans. They have reached the Super Bowl 3 other times, only to lose: in 1979 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in 2002 against the New England Patriots, and in 2018 against the Patriots.
Why the Rams Will Win
Though both teams deserve to be here, the Rams are the one team built to thrive here. The engine of their offense performed as the best wide receiver in football this season, as Cooper Kupp pulled down the receiver Triple Crown: most receptions, most yards, and most touchdowns in the league. The defense is loaded with elite talent, with the best defensive force in football leading the charge.
The Bengals must overcome a passing defense that ranked 26th in the NFL in yardage and an offensive line that allowed the third-most sacks in the league with 55. That’s a troubling trend considering the Rams’ affinity for rushing the passer. Aaron Donald and Von Miller are going to be problematic foes for Joe Burrow. And I don’t expect much from Joe Mixon on the ground, given the strength of the Rams’ run defense.
Offensively, the Rams’ passing attack matches up favorably against the Bengals secondary. Kupp has terrorized opponents all season long, and this game won’t be any different. I expect Matthew Stafford to find his favorite target all over the field throughout the Super Bowl. And on the rare occasions where Kupp isn’t open, Odell Beckham will pick up the slack. His role has ballooned during the most critical stretch of the season, with Odell hauling in 15 balls on 19 targets for 182 yards over the past two playoff games.
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With his top two weapons having momentous nights, Stafford is finally going to shine on the sport’s biggest stage. I don’t see Cam Akers as a major contributor, as his fumbling issues and shoulder injury give me pause about his workload and effectiveness. But the Rams won’t need a strong run game to dismantle the Bengals through the air. As Burrow looks to mount another second-half charge, I expect the Rams defense to stymie him with relentless pressure en route to a moderately comfortable lead by the fourth quarter.
The Rams have the looks of a legitimate Super Bowl contender. They have fewer holes in their roster, and they’ll show it.
Bets to Make on Rams in Super Bowl 56
- Rams ML (-190) ★★★★★
- Rams Team Points Over 26.5 (-120) ★★★
- Bengals Total Turnovers Over 1.5 (+125) ★★
- Cooper Kupp Anytime TD Scorer (-190) ★★★★
- Cooper Kupp First TD Scorer (+500) ★★
- Rams -4 (-110) ★★
- Cooper Kupp Over 8.5 receptions (+100) ★★★★
- Odell Beckham Over 5.5 receptions (+115) ★★★
- Cam Akers Under 63.5 rushing yards (-115) ★★★
- Cam Akers Under 14.5 receiving yards (-110) ★★★
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