And we’re now down to just two teams. The Cincinnati Bengals were the dark horse to win the Super Bowl entering the 2022 NFL Playoffs. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams were among the favorites. The Rams are still the favorites to win, so the question that they will answer on the field at Super Bowl 56 is whether they can prevent Cincinnati from scoring yet another upset? Or will the Rams finally win a Vince Lombardi Trophy three years since losing to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53?
Betting Preview for the Cincinnati Bengals vs Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl 56 Game on February 13, 2022
Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood
When: Sunday, February 13, 2022, 6:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NBC, Telemundo and Peacock
Betting on the Cincinnati Bengals (+4)
Regular Season Record: 10-7
Joe Burrow and the Bengals did it. The job is not done for Cincinnati, but the team is just a win away from pulling off what was thought to be in the preseason as incredibly improbable for the Bengals: win the Super Bowl. The Bengals were a bit lucky in their 19-16 win over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Round, but the fact stands that they eliminated the top seed of the conference. Then they erased any doubts left when they visited Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium and came back from an 11-point halftime deficit to steal a 27-24 overtime win on the road. Burrow has been fantastic under center for the Bengals, notwithstanding the 12 sacks he’s already taken in the playoffs. As long as Burrow stay hot and he’s top receivers are healthy, the Bengals are going to be a big threat for the Rams. Against the Chiefs, Burrow had 250 passing yards and two touchdowns with an interception on 23/38 completions. Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase showed up and got help downfield from the backfield duo of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, who had a touchdown reception apiece. Defensively, the Bengals have all the momentum they need on that end of the field after sacking Mahomes three times and picking him off twice.
The Bengals are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games overall.
Betting on the Los Angeles Rams (-4)
Regular Season Record: 12-5
Matthew Stafford was far from perfect in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers, but his performance was enough to push the Rams to the brink of a Super Bowl victory. Stafford went 31/45 for 337 passing yards and two touchdowns with an interception in the Rams’ 20-17 home win last Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp delivered big time for the Rams, as he exploded anew for 142 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 11 receptions and 14 targets. And don’t look now, but Odell Beckham Jr. is also heating up. The wideout finished the 49ers game with 113 receiving yards on nine catches and 11 targets. With two elite field-stretchers in Kupp and OBJ, Stafford will always have the option to throw it deep and hope that either wideout will smoke the Bengals pass defense that was only 26th in the NFL in the regular season with nearly 250 passing yards allowed per contest. On defense, the Rams’ pass rush will be looking to dismantle Burrow in the backfield. Cincy’s pass protection surrendered just a sack in the game against Kansas City after allowing nine versus Tennessee, but neither the Chiefs nor the Titans have a more enormous pass rushing duo than the Rams’ pair of Von Miller and Aaron Donald.
The Rams are 3-2 against the spread in their last five games as the home team at SoFi Stadium.
The Rams win, 27-21
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