The Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. The Rams come in as four-point favorites, playing in their second Super Bowl in four years. Here’s how the Downtown Rams staff sees it playing out.
Football is won in the trenches and the Los Angeles Rams matchup better in the trenches on both sides of the football. It’s not particularly close in that aspect. The Bengals are the third-worst team in the DVOA era to make the Super Bowl. The other two teams lost.
At the end of the day, I see the Rams leading this game 20-16 heading into the fourth quarter and Burrow gives the Bengals the lead, 23-20 with four minutes left. In 1999 Rams fashion, Stafford leads the Rams back late for his third fourth-quarter comeback of the playoffs to win the Super Bowl.
Rams 27, Bengals 23
I expect this to be a great Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Rams come in hot winning eight of their last nine while the Bengals of course do as well as winners of six of their last nine. The Rams have a run defense that is holding teams in the playoffs to under 61 yards. The Rams have an offense that has found a rhythm as well. The Bengals continue to find ways to win but so do the Rams and in a more controlling fashion. I think we see a high scoring game but in the end Stafford I believe will be hoisting the Lombardi and a Super Bowl MVP.
Rams 30, Bengals 27
I think the Rams are going to spend the vast majority of the first half putting maximum pressure on Joe Burrow and the Bengals offensive line. They are going to come out swinging defensively, forcing Burrow to feel incredibly uncomfortable and make a lot of mistakes. Because of this, I don’t think the Bengals score a touchdown in the first half. I think the Rams, offensively, struggle for a couple drives against an amped up Bengals defense, but heat up in the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns.
The second half of the game will be where we really see the Los Angeles Rams pull away from the Bengals, becoming incredibly hot on offense and defense alike. I don’t think Joe Burrow & the Bengals offensive line will be able to put up much of a fight against the Rams defensive front after being exhausted from a strenuous first half. I think Burrow still finds a way to get the Bengals two touchdowns in the second half, but the Rams do as well, leading to a 31-14 Rams victory. My MVP prediction for the game is Matthew Stafford, who is going to throw for 3 touchdowns.
Rams 31, Bengals 14
It’s not every Super Bowl you have such great stories on both sides. The Walter Payton Man of the Year going against his former team, the Comeback Player of the Year bringing his to their first Super Bowl in 30 years, or the veteran brought in and immediately leading his to their first in 3 years. Regardless of any stories, the season comes to an end in a 60 minute matchup on the field. We’ve heard all week “my head says the Los Angeles Rams my heart says the Bengals”.
There’s a reason that the head holds the brain. Cincinnati and Joe Burrow are a great story, and have a bright future. But these battles are won in the trenches, and Los Angeles dominates both sides of the ball there. You also have one of the best coaches in the league facing one who went 6-25-1 before the drafting of Burrow. McVay is a mastermind, and will not allow a repeat of his previous Super Bowl appearance. And you’ve got Matt Stafford. 13 years he went without much more support then Megatron. Cincinnati may be the Cinderella team, but Stafford has waited so long for this.
The Rams have a leg up in the trenches, on defense, and they have the experience factor heavily in their favor on offense. A hard fought battle is likely, but the Rams should come out on top.
Rams 34, Bengals 27
This will be a tough football game between two squads who have incredible stories to tell. The Bengals offense will score some points, but I think the Los Angeles Rams defense gets off to a hot start against Cincinnati’s offensive line. The Rams will capitalize on some favorable field position early on due to some sacks, and will set the stage for Cincinnati to be playing from behind for the majority of the game. Super Bowl LVI will be a fun one, but the Rams will walk away hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
Rams 34, Bengals 27
This weekend’s Super Bowl clash will pit the veteran laden Los Angeles Rams against the young and up-and-coming Cincinnati Bengals.
Both teams have a number of superstars on their roster, with two young head coaches both looking for their first Super Bowl win. Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor, is actually a former pupil of Rams head coach Sean McVay, and served under McVay for two seasons in Los Angeles, so we also have a duel of teacher vs pupil.Both teams have their strong points, two dominating offenses, as well as two stifling sets of defense. What separates the two though is the Bengals offensive line. The offensive line of the Bengals has allowed constant pressure, and this seems to be the biggest glaring hole between both teams, or the ‘biggest weakness’ so to speak.
With that being said, the Rams should run away with this one, and keep the Lombardi trophy in Los Angeles.
Rams 24, Bengals 10
The face of the Bengals playoff run has been Joe Burrow, but the true heroes have been Lou Anarumo and their defense. The Bengals have given up a total of 19 points in the 2nd half and overtime throughout the playoffs, while generating a turnover margin of +5 during the postseason.
The Los Angeles Rams scripts have been different each weekend and, most importantly, they obviously found a way to win. Dominating the Cardinals on the ground and suffocating them on defense. Surviving a 2nd half surge from the Buccaneers with brilliance from Stafford and Kupp in the midnight hour. Grinding out a comeback against their rival with a 10 point 4th quarter comeback.
However as the staff’s resident Bengals fan, my prediction has to come from the heart no matter the team website. The keys to the game will be the Bengals offense being able to overcome the offensive line woes as they’ve done all season, and the Rams being able to win the turnover battle against the Bengals opportunistic playoff defense. I’m going to side with Cincinnati (obviously) winning both of those battles.
Bengals 34, Rams 20